Dementia Action Alliance July Newsletter
All your Dementia Action Alliance news for July!
New newsletter layout
Hi, welcome to the July edition of the Dementia Action Alliance newsletter featuring a new layout! We hope you like it. Highlights this month include our speaking slot at the Housing - Rising to the Dementia Challenge, details of a rebrand by one of our members, 5 minutes with John Ramsay from Shift 8 and a new qualification in dementia care. We've also seen a new appointment in government to the position of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care as Matt Hancock was appointed on 9 July after Jeremy Hunt became Foreign Secretary.
The Housing - Rising to the Dementia Challenge conference took place on 14 June 2018 and NDAA Campaigns and Partnership Manager, Sarah Tilsed presented around our dementia statements. Members involved in organising the event included Housing & Care 21, Guinness Care and Support and Housing Learning and Improvement Network. You can download the dementia-friendly housing charter or to see a review from the event and download presentations click 'Find out more' below.
The Royal Surgical Aid Society announced on June 12 that they have rebranded as ‘Dementia Carers Count’. At the charity’s 150th anniversary the decision was taken to focus on family carers of people with dementia, who often receive little support at a time in their life when it can be most needed.
5 minutes with John Ramsay from
We caught up with John Ramsey from Shift 8* who are the makers of Tovertafel, a series of games for people with moderate to severe dementia and adults with severe learning disabilities. The games consist of a series of interactive light animations which are projected on any table and which motivate the mind and inspire those living with dementia and/or learning disabilities to be active. Click below to read our interview with John.
New job vacancy at the Dementia Action Alliance
We're looking to recruit a new member of staff as our Dementia Action Alliance Engagement Officer. The role will involve leading engagement and building relationships with health and social care organisations, to drive forward improvements in services and support within health and social care for people affected by dementia. For full details and to apply click below.
Care UK have an updated DAA action plan based on the following Dementia Statement:
“We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future”
Their updated action is:
“People living in and using our homes are encouraged to take part not only in care planning but also service delivery through both formal and informal processes. Care UK already has a process to collect, interpret and disseminate feedback information at an organisational level and is working to ensure that this process is also effective at a local level.”
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Other DAA news - click for details
- We'll be running a stream at the UK Dementia Congress 2018
- Entries are now open for the Dementia Friendly Awards
- New dementia care qualification from Support in Dementia
- Tips on keeping fit in later life from The Good Care Group
- Responsive dementia services for BAME & refugee communities
- The APPG on Dementia are researching dementia and disability
- Vision UK papers available from conference on sight loss
- Solicitors for the Elderly have released a report detailing the incapacity crisis
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