Introducing our Events Management graduate AHP volunteer: A creative collaboration

Last week’s blog post marked the beginning of the Occupation Therapy internship 8 week takeover, during which we will be updating our progress on various projects we are collaborating on with the Scottish Dementia Working Group (@S_D_W_G), National Dementia Carers Action Network (@NDCAN_Scotland) and Alzheimer Scotland (@alzscot). Last week also marked the graduation of Occupational Therapy intern Nicole (on the right) and I (on the left) graduating from Queen Margaret University in two very different degrees, Occupational Therapy and Events Management. This week I will be introducing some of these projects that I am involved in to you and how I aim to bring my Events Management degree to our team of Occupational Therapists this summer!

Throughout my degree, I held a particular interest in social sustainability which would eventually bring me to Alzheimer Scotland as their first ever AHP volunteer, a position I am very proud of. Not only is it exciting to be part of a team with a diverse range of skills and knowledge from different fields, but even more so to bring this together in a series of projects we are running this summer.

Challenging stigma through occupation
The projects I am contributing towards have been adapted from last year’s fantastic group of interns’ work of PhotoVoice Project. This project is centred on Alzheimer Scotland’s Building Bridges Project and 3 out of 5 Strategic Objectives of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG):

  • Challenging the stigma and image of dementia;
  • Developing a strong, collective voice of diverse people with dementia across Scotland;
  • Use and explore new technology to support the SDWG’s work.

This year, our team is developing this project further, and we are so fortunate to be receiving so much enthusiasm from SDWG for participation in our hopes of collecting more photographs and narratives from people across all of Scotland living with dementia. These photographs and narratives, together becoming PhotoVoice, is where the knowledge and skills I developed at university will be utilised and built upon in the coming months.

AHP Volunteer Emily and OT Intern Nicole Meet with SDWG 2017

As you may guess, being an Events Management graduate, an event is one such project! With the SDWG’s and our hopes of challenging the image and stigma of dementia through occupation, I will be organising in partnership with Elaine @elaineahpmh & Fiona @MacleanFiona ideas on how to share and showcase the photographs and narratives of the PhotoVoice project as well as celebrating 5 years of Occupational Therapy internships at @alzscot and their collaboration with the SDWG. Our hopes are to give voice to people living with dementia all across Scotland, focusing on what is meaningful to them.

Sharing the narratives
One exciting outcome from all the work, we are looking to develop an ebook of the PhotoVoice project. Having learned how to use software such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, I wanted to approach the SDWG’s strategic goal of using and exploring new technology in a way that supports both the SDWG, but also allows the team of interns and I to learn how to use a relatively new piece of technology.

In the coming weeks, therefore, I will be exploring and using ebook technology BookWright, developed by Blurb, with Adobe InDesign, to learn how to create, edit, and publish what we hope to be an inspirational and informative ebook of members of the SDWG photographs and narratives to challenge the image and stigma of dementia.

Although this ebook will be available online to download, I will also be using skills I have learned through my own initiative to develop a website page where the Photovoice content will be available to view. Alongside this, we will be launching a social media campaign to challenge to stigma and the image of dementia through occupation using content from the PhotoVoice project.

Sharing our work on social media
In recent weeks, we have created a Facebook page for Allied Health Professionals which will be connected to our existing Instagram profile, the links for which can be found at the end of this post. With a new strategy designed to make the most out of these online platforms, I hope to bring some background in marketing from my degree to the team when creating content for these platforms.

Over the next 8 weeks, expect to see Instagram posts following daily themes. On Mondays, we will be covering some top tips to living well with dementia, Tuesdays will focus on wellbeing, on Wednesdays we will be promoting this blog, Thursdays will be a “did you know…”, and Friday will be a reflection for the week.

With our Facebook page, we will also be able to respond to comments and queries easier, and hopefully gather some new interest from people who may not use Twitter. This is just some of what you can expect to see developing over the next 8 weeks and onwards later in the year!

Keep connected
To keep up to date with what the Occupational Therapist interns and I are doing over these weeks on these exciting projects, subscribe to this blog and check out our Twitter feeds; our usernames can be found at the end of this post. We will also be using #OTInterns17 and #AHPVolunteer17, so please search for us and get in touch!
Author of this week’s blog is Emily at @mcnemilyjane

The rest of the team:
Beth : @b_crocks
Nicole : @nicolekane_ot
Lynsey : @lrflanniganot

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5 years of Occupational Therapy Interns – Blog Takeover

This summer marks the 5th year of the Alzheimer Scotland and Queen Margaret University occupational therapy internship partnership, supported by Santander Universities UK. The 5 years has allowed the extension of the partnership to the Scottish Dementia Working Group, made up of those living with dementia. Their perspective has been invaluable in the education of the interns and informing the courses at Queen Margaret University. We are delighted this year to be joined by an events management graduate from Queen Margaret University as the first allied health professional (AHP) volunteer.

Past occupational therapy interns have completed many exceptional projects with the help of the Scottish Dementia Working group and we aim to share the contribution that AHP volunteers and occupational therapy interns can make to Alzheimer Scotland over the summer of 2017. We will share details of our projects that are centered on raising awareness of the differences AHPs and occupational therapists CAN make in dementia services and will be working closely with the Scottish Dementia Working group to challenge the stigma and change the image of dementia.

Internships provide flexible and educational opportunities which aim to allow the intern to explore emerging perspectives within their field of choice or expertise. Internships within Alzheimer Scotland can support the aspiration of having a skilled workforce for dementia care. The partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, the leading dementia organisation, and Queen Margaret University not only supports the education of the interns but also allows for a more informed curriculum.

Meet the Team: Occupational therapy interns and AHP volunteer for 2017

Nicole Kane – Occupational Therapy Graduate

I am 21 years old and I will be graduating from Queen Margaret University this summer! In my final year at university I completed an 8 week occupational therapy practice placement with Alzheimer Scotland in Lanarkshire. I loved the positivity of the organisation and the enabling approach of the employees. I was delighted to be accepted as one of this year’s occupational therapy interns and look forward to working with Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Dementia Working Group to challenge the stigma around dementia. You can follow my work on twitter with the handle @NicoleKane_OT or with the hashtag #OTIntern2017.

 

 

Lynsey Robertson-Flannigan – Occupational Therapy Assistant

My name is Lynsey Robertson-Flannigan and I am currently completing my second Santander Universities sponsored Occupational Therapy Internship with Alzheimer Scotland and Queen Margaret University, having been a full time intern in the summer of 2015 between the third and fourth years of my undergraduate degree. This time around I am job sharing with my fellow intern, Beth, and spending the rest of my working week as a hospital based Occupational Therapy Assistant. I graduated from Queen Margaret University with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy in July 2016 before having a few months off with my new baby. As a graduate working as an OTA I am viewing my internship through a different lens than I was in 2015, but with equal amounts of passion and enthusiasm for reducing stigma and helping to spread the word of what Allied Health Professionals can do to help people to live well with dementia. Follow my work on twitter @LRFlanniganOT!

Emily Duffy- Events Management Graduate

Hello! My name is Emily Duffy and for this summer I am an AHP volunteer with Alzheimer Scotland. I will be graduating with a first class BA (Hons) in Events Management from Queen Margaret University and hope to develop and bring some different skills and knowledge to the internship team on an exciting project we are working on. I am also a House Team Leader at Edinburgh University’s Students Association and hope to begin a career in the third sector, being passionate about social sustainability. Although I am not from an Occupational Therapy background, I feel strongly towards challenging the stigma of dementia and raising awareness of the valuable work of Allied Health Professionals across Scotland. Find me on twitter under the username @McNEmilyJane.

Elizabeth Crockett- Occupational Therapy Student

IMG_1455.JPGHello! My name is Elizabeth (Beth) Crockett and I am international student currently completing my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Queen Margaret University. Previously, I have completed a BSc in Kinesiology (Honours) from the University of Alberta, Canada. This summer, I am delighted to be undertaking a joint internship with Queen Margaret University and Alzheimer Scotland, sponsored by Santander Universities. Additionally, I am lucky to have the opportunity to share the position and draw on the experience of a previous year’s intern, Lydnsey. I am originally from Canada but I have always had a keen interest in studying and traveling abroad, so it seemed logical to extend that pattern and pursue my Master’s degree in Edinburgh, a city that had always enticed me. As a prospective Allied Health Professional, this internship will provide me with a platform to enhance the visibility and value of occupational therapy within dementia care, with the ultimate goal of improving practice. Finally, throughout the internship I hope to reduce the stigma associated with dementia and show that people CAN still live meaningful lives. Follow my work on Twitter @b_crocks.

Over the next 8 weeks we will be sharing our work on social media through this blog, on Instragram AHPDementia, on Facebook and using the #OTIntern17 & #AHPVolunteer17. Follow our work, comment on our posts and let’s keep talking about dementia. Thank you.

AHP Volunteer Emily and OT Intern Nicole Meet with SDWG 2017

 

Pocket Ideas to support intergenerational learning with senior students at Kilwinning Academy

It’s really exciting how new opportunities develop and a new journey begins. During my project role with Pocket Ideas I arranged to meet with Tim Swan (Head Teacher, Kilwinning Academy), having briefly spoken with him at the end of a parent council meeting one evening. Before we met, Tim had had the opportunity to look at the Pocket Ideas booklet, and think about how this resource could be used in the academy. When we eventually met for a chat, not only did Tim think that Pocket Ideas was a great idea, but it gave him some thoughts about developing their own pocket tools for subjects in school e.g. pocket maths. I hope that still happens, as that’s also another fabulous idea!

In the time that I have known Tim, I have come to realise that he is innovative and proactive, and he embraced Pocket Ideas with enthusiasm. It was suggested that Pocket Ideas could be incorporated into the training and development for S5 and S6 students working towards their Saltire award. This is an award gained from being a volunteer, and experience that supports further education and applications for employment. Often student volunteers are given the opportunity to visit care homes and sheltered housing complexes to meet older people and be in a befriending type role. We both agreed that Pocket Ideas could help to build therapeutic relationships, and help bridge the gap between a younger and older population. For me this really reinforced the importance of intergenerational learning, especially when a younger generation can learn from a much older population, and vice versa.

Having shared the Pocket Ideas journey with Tim, the meeting ended with 2 questions for me; can we get more of the books? and can you provide training? Of course I said yes to both, but at that point, I had no idea what my training would look like, especially as I’ve spent most of my career working with an older population, so a whole new learning curve for me. From that moment I drafted a training plan, agreed this with Tim, and then I was introduced to one of his colleagues, Aileen Forsyth (Support teacher). Together we reviewed the training plan and discussed ideas to recruit students. The first session took place at the academy on 28/10/16. I was extremely nervous that day as I wanted to make a good impression, and I wanted the students to like Pocket Ideas, and to see themselves using the resource as volunteers. The challenge had been set and as always I took the swan approach, (no pun intended Tim), mainly to appear calm and confident on the surface, but flapping underneath. A deep breath an off I went!

The first training session was attended by 12 students in S6 who quietly observed while I organised the flip chart and arranged information with the support of my third year student Occupational Therapist (Nicole Tulloch). Whenever I plan training sessions I like to encourage interactive discussions, and although I expected this might be difficult to achieve with a group of teenagers, they did not disappoint me, and they leapt to the challenge and shared their thoughts and feelings! (Thank you to all who attended and who were kind to me at my first session).

The session was initiated by asking all the students; what is the first thing you do when you meet your friends on the way to or at school? No trick questions, I just wanted the students to think about the meaningful connections they take for granted everyday; a smile, a hug and knowing that someone will ask how you are. I then asked students to think of 5 different ways they communicated every day, and examples included; facebook, twitter, e-mail, texting and face to face contact. Everyone agreed that there is so many ways to communicate with each other with the many Apps and multiple technologies at our finger tips. With this in mind, I then gave the students the following statement; the power had been given to me to take away all forms of communication for a moment, and all students asked how that would feel? A short silence followed and then a range of powerful emotions filled the room to include; feeling isolated, lonely, worried, helpless, lost, frightened, anxious, and bored. Prior to the training I had practiced this exercise on myself, and I honestly felt terrified that I had no way of contacting anyone, and how alone that made me feel. After sharing these feelings I gave the virtual communication back, but used those feelings to highlight that for some of our older population, this could relate to how life feels every day, and the impact this can have on quality of life due to social isolation.

I then invited students to think about what we could do as a younger population to make more positive connections with our growing older population, which reinforced the benefits of intergenerational learning. This was an apt moment to introduce Pocket Ideas and give the students an opportunity to try out the project in their groups or in pairs. Thumbs up were given all round amongst a few giggles, and the feedback highlighted that they had particularly enjoyed the games, Scottish words and quizzes. As part of the training I decided to give the students 5 minutes to use the project each, to illustrate that 5 minutes can have a huge impact when talking with an older person. However, the feedback highlighted that more time to use the project would have been helpful, and so this was incorporated into the next training session, so that honest feedback does make a difference.

In terms of living well in later years, I did remind all students that many older people enjoyed a good quality of life, and continued to engage in many of the activities they had enjoyed in their youth. With a view to considering health and wellbeing, I reinforced the responsibility we all have to look after our health, so that we can continue to enjoy a good quality of life, taking a preventative approach to illnesses and to make positive lifestyle choices.

The session was completed with a short film, showing a model of care in America where a care home and children’s nursery work together every day. The film clip can be found at http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/23/this-nursery-in-

The film illustrates how the young children accept the older people as being part of their every day routine, and the older people take part in the learning and daily activities with the children. There is real compassion shown between both generations making meaningful connections and having positive moments in time. The feeling in the room highlighted to me that these simple connections really make a difference.

Measuring impact

To evaluate the session 3 questions were asked;

  • What have you learned from attending the training today?
  • Would you consider becoming a Champion for Pocket Ideas?
  • Will you help with feedback and share how you have used Pocket Ideas?

The students gave an overwhelming ‘yes’ to the last 2 questions, but it was the first question which revealed a very positive response to the training, and some examples of the feedback included; “I have learned today that talking to people of an older or younger age of myself is not so difficult, and that there are many ways to start a conversation”, “I have learned that older people may feel isolated without other people taking notice”, “I have learned the importance of communication between older and younger generations, and also how to communicate better and start conversations”, “The power of communication and what it means for an older person who can’t do it as easily as us”, and “I have learned the importance of communicating with an older generation and the benefits of talking to new people”.

Finally I asked the students to write down one word to sum up the training and responses included; inspiring, great, helpful, enlightening, interesting, fun, beneficial and reassuring. Another session was completed on 3/2/17 with S5 and S6 students, and the feedback remained positive and with enthusiasm to continue further training.

We’re now at the stage of planning and organising an event, so that students can have those real time conversations using Pocket Ideas with an older population. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate intergenerational learning and focus on bridging the gap between younger and older generations. So I think a high tea maybe on the agenda, which sounds absolutely fabulous!

Hopefully this is just the start of many conversations, sharing stories and experiences, and learning from each other. Also lets remember the importance of reducing social isolation, improving quality of life and supporting person centred care for our growing older population.

I must say a very big thank you to Tim Swan, Aileen Forsyth and to all the staff who have supported an idea, and to all the students who participated in the training and helped the use of Pocket Ideas to become a reality at Kilwinning Academy. Aileen is due to retire this summer, and so Annette McBreen (Support teacher) will be continuing in her place. Wishing you a very happy retirement Aileen!

I would like to give a final thought using an inspirational quote, which really sums up this exciting journey for me, and that is;

“So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you”. Sean Junkins

By Andrea Boyd

Care and Repair-Lochaber colleagues supporting local ‘Tea & Blether’ during #DAW2017

Care and Repair-Lochaber colleagues were involved in supporting and organising local events as part of Alzheimer Scotland #DAW2017 ‘Tea and a Blether’ events.  On Wednesday 31st May at St.Andrews Church Hall, Care and Repair, Dementia Enablement Project colleagues were present at the Alzhemier’s Scotland event to raise awareness about what support they could offer people to continue to live well with Dementia in the local community. Present at the event were members of the community, NHS Highland and Alzheimer’s Scotland staff. Robert and Eleanor had a display of a few of the many interventions that they have used and can use with people in their own homes.

One carer present commented: “it was good to see what was available locally to support her care for her mother”.

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 1st June, Care and Repair, Dementia Enablement Project colleagues with support from Lochaber Housing Association held an event for housing and NHS staff to continue to raise awareness about living well with Dementia.  Robert and Eleanor delivered a short presentation about Dementia and had a range of the small pieces of equipment  they use with clients in their own home.

One housing officer commented: ‘it was good to see the various ‘gadgets’ in particular the magic-plug’.

Staff were encouraged to raise awareness about the support that is available within the community in particular the Dementia Enablement Project and Be@home Project along with their in house Occupational Therapist.

The Occupational Therapist role is to maximise an individual’s independence in their daily activities and occupations in their own home, work and community as well as providing advice to family and carers who live with or support an individual. The Occupational Therapist provides housing based focused solutions to people across the community in all tenures including minor, major adaptations and link up with other health and social care support as is necessary.

Learning to date has shown collaboration between professionals is key. Also, timely assessment and intervention is crucial!

Please speak to your local GP, Health and Social Care and Housing colleagues if you are concerned about your memory, or how you or your loved one in managing in their home.

Let’s all sign up today to: https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/

Finally, it is important to know we all can make a difference in supporting people in our communities to continue to live well when living with dementia.

Do you know how to access Occupational Therapy, Dementia link worker or housing support in your community?

My pledge from our #DAW2017 is to continue to raise awareness about Dementia in our communities and to ensure people receive timely, effective and efficient collaborative assessments and interventions.

What can you pledge?

Thank you to: Sheila Morris, Occupational Therapist, Eleanor Brown & Robert Drain, Care and Repair Lochaber-Dementia Enablement officer’s

Some useful links to training and support:

Photos from the events

Senior Occupational Therapist-housing solutions – Sheila Morris

Employment, Dementia & Occupational Therapy – Personal Reflections

About Alison

I am a Band 6 Occupational Therapist working in the Older Adults Mental Health Service in North East Fife, covering both the inpatient and community services as part of a small team. Typically, the service sees adults of 65 years and above, but within the last year, we have begun to receive a small number of referrals for younger adults experiencing cognitive difficulties.

Younger vs. Older Adults – what is the difference?

From an Occupational Therapy perspective, some of the most obvious differences between the younger and older adult, particularly at the early stages of their memory difficulties, is that they are less likely to experience the same mobility issues as the older service users we meet; I have not needed to address the issues of equipment assessment and provision that are most often associated with Occupational Therapy and consequently clients have not experienced the same physical barriers to community venues, activities and social opportunities as our older client group often do. In addition and most significantly from the perspective of my own personal development, some of our younger adults remain in employment.

Employment and Occupational Therapy – my experience

The prospect of working with people with employment issues was not new for me as I had had experience working on the Condition Management Programme pilot in conjunction with NHS Fife and Job Centre for two years from 2006, however Norma Clark, Lead Occupational Therapist in Mental Health took a partnering role in Occupational Therapy assessment and employability intervention.

 Occupational Therapy assessment

Our service routinely uses a standardised assessment toolkit including:

  • Claudia Allen Assessment – functional cognitive assessment
  • Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI)
  • Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)

In addition, other non OT specific assessments:

  • ARCS – audio recorded cognitive screen

These same assessments were utilised with our clients remaining in work and completion of the AMPS assessment with this client group allows us to specifically pinpoint areas of strength within their motor and processing skills that have the potential to support that patient in the work environment, and then those areas that present a challenge. We then use our Occupational Therapy knowledge of assessment and activity analysis to understand the impact of our findings upon peoples  work demands and routines, potentially identifying adaptive and compensatory strategies and how these can be translated into the work place.

 

Examples of assessment findings have included challenges with:

  • Heeds – ability to carry out and fulfil specific tasks set
  • Searches – locating items in a logical manner
  • Inquires – asking for information a person should know
  • Turn taking in conversation
  • Noticing and responding to task related issues

Job Retention issues

The typical skill challenges listed above can then be understood by the Occupational Therapist in the work context. Examples might include:

  • A person may not be reasonably expected to complete a range of work-related tasks repeatedly based upon initial explanation only.
  • A person may require additional cues and support to consistently locate required items within the work place.
  • May require additional compensatory strategies and arrangements to support completion of a task e.g. planner, tick-off list, verbal discussion.
  • Other staff may need to clarify that task related direction has been understood if the individual does not immediately demonstrate understanding
  • Individual may benefit from working alongside others to provide additional support and assistance should additional or unexpected demands arise.

Where do we go with this information?

We, as Occupational Therapists, are able to use our assessments to support completion of the Allied Health Professional Advisory Fitness for Work Report, which allows us to provide the individual, employer and GP with advice regarding strategies to support them to remain in employment. I have also had the opportunity to meet and liaise with employers to identify whether these ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be put in place to support the individual. In addition, this work has allowed me to work jointly alongside other agencies including the Individual Placement Service (IPS) in Fife, who offer vocational rehabilitation support to people with long term mental health needs.

What have I learned from this experience?

On reflection, I do not feel that I have specifically learned any new or additional skills. What this work has demonstrated and validated however, is how prepared Occupational Therapists are, with their assessment skills and understanding of occupation and activity analysis to work in this area. Assessment of our employed service users utilises the same Occupational Therapy skills as we use with any other people we see and our partner agencies with greater experience in work placement are able to work jointly alongside us to create the best outcome for our service users. It also highlights the important role that work-focused Occupational Therapy plays in Alzheimer’s Scotland 5 Pillars and 8 Pillars of Community Support for dementia; we are contributing to the person centred support that promotes participation and independence.

On reflection

Do my other Occupational Therapy colleagues agree with me? What has been your experience?

What should and could our role be as occupational therapist to help people living with dementia be to stay at work?

Alison Long

I am a Band 6 Occupational Therapist in the Older Adults Mental Health Service, based at Stratheden Hospital in Cupar, Fife. I work as part of a small team with two other Occupational Therapists and two Support Workers. Together we provide Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to three inpatient wards at Stratheden Hospital  and also provide community input to North East Fife, from Falkland to Newport-on-Tay.

 

 

Dementia Friendly Prestwick – We’re one year old!

Dementia Friendly Prestwick celebrated its first birthday on 4 June 2017 so it’s an ideal opportunity to reflect on the last year and the progress which has been made in such a short time.

Dementia Friendly Prestwick aims to support people with dementia, and their families/carers, in Prestwick to be included and remain part of their community for as long as possible.  Since launching Dementia Friendly Prestwick in June 2016 we’ve already made great progress including:

Dementia Friendly Community Garden: Biggart Hospital: With the support of Biggart Hospital, Dobbies Garden Centre and GE Caledonian, we developed a Dementia Friendly Garden in the grounds of Biggart Hospital.  This is in the main entrance area to the hospital and open to any member of the public to enjoy.  Our raised beds, comfortable seating, wide paths and bright colours means that this space is attractive and safe for everyone to use. The environment is so inviting, that even before we’d finished building it, people were sitting with us and chatting. We’re expanding the garden this summer 2017 with a bespoke summer house with big windows and patio doors beside the garden: giving shelter and beautiful views throughout the year.

Community Cinema with relaxed screenings: Our monthly pop-up community cinema, has so far been attended by over 250 local residents including all care homes in the town. Initially funded by Ayrshire Council and Place Partnership, we secured further funding through a recent participatory budgeting event. Our screenings of classic films are “relaxed”, which means the room we’re in isn’t as dark as traditional cinema, the volume isn’t as loud, we show subtitles on all of our films, people can get up or make a bit of noise without fear of shushing, and cups of tea, coffee, cake and ice cream are provided free of charge. It’s more than a cinema, it’s a social hub!

Cinema attendees commented:

“It’s so relaxing to go somewhere, and know that even if we make a bit of noise, no one is going to stare, judge or not understand us”. “My husband was diagnosed with dementia five years ago, and this is the first time in a couple of years we’ve gone out socially to something. Thank you.”

Intergenerational Activities: In February 2017, we worked with Alzheimer Scotland to organise an engagement event in the style of the Dragon’s Den, for Prestwick Academy pupils and primary 7 pupils from local primary schools.  The pupils were supported to develop design ideas for new innovations to support people living with dementia and then to pitch their ideas to our ‘friendly dragons’. Many drew on their own family experience of dementia in order to inform their thinking.  The winning team won the ‘Dementia Friendly Prestwick Innovation Award’. The winning idea ‘snappy reminder by mail’ will be followed up by Alzheimer Scotland to identify opportunities to test this in practice.

Dementia Friends Training and other activities: We have engaged with some of the local business community to promote dementia friends training.   We will be developing this work further in the year ahead. Other initiatives have included running Lingo Flamingo language classes to include people with dementia  in the local community and running a range of fundraising events including a ‘purple party’, Christmas card and twiddle mitt sales.

On reflection 

What one thing could you do to support your local community to become dementia friendly?

Thank you to all who have supported our work so far. Keep up-to-date with our developments via:@Dementiapwick, Facebook: Dementia Friendly Prestwick, website: http://www.dementiaprestwick.co.uk/

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“A blog a day” for #DAW2017 by #AHPDementia #ThankYou

If you follow #DAW2017 you can see, last week was a busy week for everyone in Scotland. To support the week we shared  a blog a day from a few of the professions who wanted to share who they are and how they CAN help if living with dementia.  If you missed any of the blogs, you can review the blogs here and let’s keep talking about dementia in 2017. 

On reflection

What was your favourite bit of Dementia Awareness Week?

Share a photo of your best bit to share on in our photo album?

Thank you to all our bloggers this week:

Gillian (who is not a tweeter but happy to share her expertise on social media)

Caroline @radcaca1

Rebecca @rmakellett

Claire @ClaireCraig_PT

@Karin & @RCOT  for supporting occupational therapists in Scotland in partnership with @Alzscot

@musictherapyUK for supporting music therapists in Scotland in partnership with @Alzscot

@AHPScot for supporting and posting our blogs in partnership throughout the week

 Thank you to ALL our readers, followers, supporters and blog contributors.

We launched this blog during Dementia Awareness Week in 2014 and we said then, “Dementia is frightening. Talking about it helps us make sure that nobody faces dementia alone and through this blog we want to keep the country talking about it.”

So let’s keep talking about dementia!