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Forget Me Not

I lost my Dad to Vascular Dementia in 2016, during his illness I took part in the Stockport Dementia Training and became really invested in learning more about this awful illness. I have coordinated local community Dementia Awareness courses and have given presentations from my own personal experiences. During Lockdown I took a number of online courses for which I gained CPD certificates. I took out holistic insurance and began working privately with a lovely lady diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, living at home with her husband. Over this past year we have worked on numerous Creative Memory projects which she thoroughly enjoys and remembers from week to week, whilst allowing her husband an hour and a half of time to himself. I absolutely love this work and am hoping to grow post pandemic.

27 September 2021
North West
Arts, Community organisations, Health, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Stockport Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

I'm an independent business and work alone my aim is to provide a one to one service using arts and crafts to build memory webs. This may be in the form of memory books using collages, photos and personal memorabilia such as theatre ticket stubs and other tangible records of special life events. Handmade family snap for example really helps with remembering the Grandkids faces and names and many other activities which I have personally developed as well as providing all materials. My goal is to retain as much of that person as possible with continued memory web building, repetition and reassurance. This is a Client led initiative and I always take her lead and encourage independence. Creative Memory Therapy has helped to improve my client and especially her husband's home life. Others suffering with Alzheimer's would also benefit from this service if it was more available In our local area.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Ultimately Funding. I have spoken to the Manchester Clinical Lead for Dementia who thinks that this could be something that would work really well as Prescribed Therapy.

2. Actions

  • To make Creative Memory Therapy a Prescribed Therapy

    Resume talks with Manchester Clinical Lead For Dementia and see how this could progress within the NHS

  • To make information on various support & groups more readily available

    Drawing from my own and my Parents experience… Often people with a Dementia Diagnosis are not tech savvy and don’t know where to start or who to speak to about all things Dementia related. Such as Support Groups, Funding, Care in the home etc and there needs to be a better information system in place.

  • Using Coaching techniques to help people live well with Dementia from early onset

    At onset the individual and their family should be armed with the tools to plan how they can make good decisions to benefit their Dementia Journey. Because that's what it is, and everyone's Dementia Journey is different. Many other factors can have positive and negative effects such as other health complications that come hand in hand with the Diagnosis. There are many considerations that change over time but if they are implemented slowly but surely it doesn't come as such a shock when you suddenly have to make big changes at home.