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Age Exchange

We exist to transform lives through creative reminiscence by helping people understand who they were and who they are so no one is alone, isolated, lonely or unable to lead as full a life as possible We work with young and old, across generations, including those with dementia using creative arts and we train family and paid carers in the use of creative reminiscence to see the whole person to build confidence, self esteem and reduce isolation. Our work at Age Exchange falls into three areas; • Reaching others through outreach work • Building influence and empowering others through training and consultancy • Supporting and developing our local community through our centre

22 September 2016
Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector
Local Alliances:
Lewisham 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?

To support people with dementia and their carers we;

Provide specialised reminiscence arts programmes for people with dementia to improve their well-being. Run weekly support programmes for older carers of people with dementia. Provide training and consultancy services in the health and care sector to improve the care of people with dementia.

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

Getting the value and impact of creative reminiscence on the well-being of people with dementia accepted. Funding projects. Lack of recognised qualification in reminiscence arts practice.

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2. Actions

  • Support for people with young onset dementia (Kaleidescope Cafe)

    To run a twice monthly group for people with young onset dementia (under age 65) and those who provide care as family, friends and staff.

    Being implemented
  • Reminiscence Arts in Day Care

    Set up two day care services based on Age Exchanges RADIQL intervention which has a proven impact on wellbeing.  The services are for both the person with dementia and the person who provides care.

    Being implemented
  • Reminiscence Arts at Home

    Provide a 1:1 reminiscence arts service in the home for people with dementia who are unable to attend our day care services.  This will include 90 sessions per year for the next three years.

    Being implemented