Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance
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The town of Keynsham is situated between Bristol and Bath and is described as an historic market town. For almost nine decades the town has been the home of chocolate manufacturing first by Fry’s and then Cadbury with the factory closing a few years ago.
Currently its population is circa 18,000 but that is likely to enlarge as some 2000 plus extra houses are built over the next few years.
The number of people who are affected by dementia in Keynsham (& Saltford a village to the east of Keynsham) is not easy to establish however here is some information from the B&NES Council website to give an indication;
- There is an estimated 2,604 people in B&NES as at April 2015 who have dementia (diagnosed and undiagnosed), and in fact we believe there may be over 1,000 undiagnosed who may benefit from access to support by way of a dementia diagnosis.
- 22% of death certifications in B&NES mention dementia or a related condition
- Dementia cases in B&NES are expected to increase by 45% for females and 65% for males between 2014 and 2030 (727 females, 605 males).
- Given evidence that many dementias may have a vascular component, the Blackfriars Consensus statement on promoting brain health advises that areas tackle certain risk factors and strengthen protective factors.
Given the above figures and as Keynsham(and Saltford) are one of three significant conurbations in B&NES, (Bath and Radstock/Midsomer Norton being the others) we in the DAA believe that it is reasonable to assume that the town and village together will host at least 20% of the overall figure.
Therefore taking the 2015 estimate of 2604 plus the estimated gap of over 1000 people and the predicted increase over the next 13 years of 1332 people the total reaches 5000 by 2030.
As a result we can reasonably estimate that Keynsham and Saltford together will have some 1000 inhabitants who are affected by dementia between now and 2030
The catalyst was the sudden decline of the DAA chairman’s step mother in law’s mental health and her now being in full time nursing care with dementia. In the year 2016/17 he was Chairman of Council for B&NES. Cllr Hale made dementia one of his charities and through his role as the chairman of council he became aware of the Dementia Friendly Communities project.
The other founding members of the working group who have joined also have similar connections with those affected by dementia through either friends or family.
Together they intend to try and do something positive in both Keynsham and Saltford for the good of those affected by dementia.
- To make the community more aware of the nature and challenges of the illness.
- To challenge local traders to work with us for the good of those affected by dementia who are still able to get out and about.
- Following future consultation with those affected by dementia and their carers we will establish activities which could include a memory café or singing group.
- To be a point of reference for those who are affected by dementia or wishing to make the town a better place for those with dementia.
- The DAA has established a regular Music for the Mind session on the second and fourth Thursday of each month between 1030 and 1215 with a professional facilitator. Those who attend must be a carer or diagnosed with dementia. The sessions are free and new attendees are welcome.
- In January of 2018 the DAA brought the professional play 'Don't Leave Me Now' to Keynsham and the two performances were attended by over 150 people from within the town and around. The play was sponsored by Barchester Health Care and B&NES Council Ward Councillor Initiative Fund.
- Thanks to sponsorship from Wales and West Utilities the DAA has been able engage the support of the Keynsham and District Dial A Ride to transport additional attendees to the Music for the Mind sessions.
- The DAA has established an additional web site at https://keynshamdaa.co.uk/
- We run Music for the Mind sessions - https://youtu.be/q4LG1NxvBoQ
How to become part of Keynsham DAA
Currently meetings are held on an ad hoc basis and in the home of a member of that group.