Alive! have created a list of ipad apps which may be of interest to people with dementia and their carers. Ipads are tactile, versatile and very simple to use and the apps make it easy to play accessible games, which help memory and interaction. Ipads can be used for all manner of activities such as games, apps, accessing websites and playing music and videos through websites such as You Tube. Please click on the icon on the right to download the list of recomended apps or click on the title of this article.
Offer a range of arts and crafts, reminiscence or games in a friendly environment.
Movement & Memory (St Augustines Activty Group)
2 East Dundry Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0LL
Every Monday (weekly except Bank holidays): 10am - 12 noon
Cost: Suggested donation £1 per person
Withywood Activity Group
Withywood Centre, Queens Road, Withywood, Bristol, BS13 8QA
3rd Tuesday of every month 10am- 12 noon
Blaise Weston Court Art Group
Blaise Weston Court, Broadlands Drive, Bristol, BS11 0AF
1st Tuesday of every month 2pm - 4pm
Cost: Suggested donation £1 per person
Lawrence Weston Activity Group: Facilitated by ‘Lighting Up’ – Art & Craft
Blaise Weston Court, Broadlands Drive, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS11 0AF
1st Tuesday of the month: 2pm-3.45pm
Cost: £1 per person
Lawrence Weston Sharing Memories
3rd Monday of every month 2pm-4pm
Contact: Peter Conway on 0117 9610693
RemArc, or Reminiscence Archive, is designed to help trigger memories in people with dementia using BBC Archive material as stimulation. The archive provides access to a selection of content from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence work with people with dementia.
Click here to access the archive
The Golden Memories sessions allow male and females aged 55 and over to not only reconnect with their sporting heritage through reminiscence, shared memories and object handling, but also to develop new community opportunities and social friendships.
Working to support older people across Bristol living with dementia, depression or other mental health issues, or who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation, these sporting memories sessions seek also to encourage participants into healthy social and physical activity as part of the programme.
Delivered at Bristol Indoor Bowls Centre in Ashton Vale (BS3 2TY) alongside the Centre’s qualified coaches - 90 minute reminiscence sessions will be followed by 60 minutes of free coached bowls on the international standard indoor green.
Sessions will focus on national and local sporting icons and famous events, as well as local sports venues, teams and achievements. Images, sound, video and physical objects will be used to stimulate personal memories and stories in a multi-sensory way - from the roar of the crowd in the local stadium or the Grandstand theme tune, to the taste and smell of a half-time pie.
Cost: Free of charge
If you or somebody you know may be interested in joining this group please register your interest by contacting email@example.com
For further information
These weekly groups are a friendly place where people with dementia can talk about their favourite sporting memories.
Working closely with Bristol City Community Trust Bristol, sesssions take place at:
Details about the different groups taking place in Bristol and South Gloucestershire can be found in the linked document (click the 'Sporting Memories' header above)
We have now launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. We commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city.
There are an estimated 25,000 BME people with dementia in the UK. While the number of white, British people with dementia is expected to double by 2051, the numbers of people from BME communities is expected to increase sevenfold within the same timeframe.
Mrs Kwan, who is originally from China, has lived in Bristol with her husband for 45 years and raised their family here. She is now carer to her husband who has dementia. She explains: “Life changes significantly for someone with dementia, and for their carer and family too. It’s really important to get help. In our community, a lot of people don’t know what dementia is, we don’t even have a word for it. This means that lots of people with the disease run the risk of being forgotten.”
Within each of the films, medical experts, people affected by dementia and members of the relevant communities explain what dementia is, outline how people can gain a diagnosis and access the free support available from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
This issue is echoed across many communities, as well as within white-British communities, and one which the films address head on.
Khadra Abdi, who cares for her mother with dementia and is active in the Somali community in Bristol says: “Many older people within our community have limited English language, and when they don’t understand what dementia is it can be very scary. These films explain about the disease and the help available in a simple, clear way, and most importantly in their native language, making it far easier for them to gain a genuine understanding of dementia, get a diagnosis from their GP and to get support from the Dementia Wellbeing Service”.
You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
Posted at 09:16 on 01/08/2017
BREAKING NEWS! Our new short films talking about dementia and how you get can support in Bristol are now live!
Please click on the links under 'Dementia - Your questions answered' above
Posted at 16:11 on 31/07/2017
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