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PALZ UK

Vision: To ensure all high-achievers with dementia are able to maintain dignity and respect through active participation within a socially and intellectually stimulating environment. Mission: To enable high-achievers with early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia from other diseases to be intellectually challenged in a familiar type of environment and to have the benefit of the support of their peers. PALZ aims to restore dignity whilst ensuring intellectual and social capabilities with like minded high-thinkers are maintained.

Updated:
12 December 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 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?

The agenda for each group meeting will be shaped by people living with dementia. The first meeting in March will have a selected speaker and topic, but some of the time at that meeting will be used to get suggestions and ideas from the people living with dementia who have attended the first meeting to help us create a forward plan for speakers and topics. We will welcome approaches from those who will benefit from  PALZ UK to come forward before the March meeting to be part of the ideas  team.

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

A major challenge is promoting the group to professional people in early stages of dementia from whatever cause.  We have been and are approaching organisations within the area and beyond to embed the idea of PALZ UK with those who will know of the potential participants and let them know what is happening. We will be asking our contacts to spread the word through their own networks, and we also hope the group details will be shown on the Alzheimer’s Society external website.

Another challenge will be to find sponsorship for each event and, to this end, we are approaching businesses and  related organisations.

We are fortunate to have an excellent venue at the Conference centre of the RSH which is providing rooms at NHS rates. We are very grateful to the manager there.

Member website

palzglobal.org.au

2. Actions

  • PALZ group

    PALZ currently operates in Australia and New Zealand. We are going to set up the first PALZ (professionals with Alzheimers) group in the UK to provide professionals with Alzheimer’s (and other related diseases) a social environment that relates to their previous working environment of peer support and mental challenge., so that they are able to maintain dignity and respect through active participation and interaction within a socially and intellectually stimulating environment. The group will meet at the Conference Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury.

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • PALZ meetings

    We will meet on alternative months on the third Tuesday of the month, starting on March 20th 2018. Each meeting from 10am to 12 noon will have a high powered speaker ( eg Astronomer, medical professor, archaeologist)speaking for 30 minutes, followed by discussion groups formal or informal– apart from the first meeting it is hoped that  these will be shaped by the people with dementia who attend the meetings. In the alternate months there is an opportunity for social activities or follow up visits to the talks.

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Annual conference

    As well as providing intellectually stimulating talks we aim, in due course, have an annual Conference.
    We anticipate that the group will be largely self selecting and will be those from a professional background who are in the early stage of dementia, who have worked within an environment that has been mentally challenging and the departure from which has left that person with a sense of significant social and intellectual deprivation.

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New members