Older People

Call for case studies from Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group – deadline 30 April 2017

The Group is calling for case studies to be included in the ‘dementia-friendly heritage guide’, to be published in autumn 2017. All case studies that illustrate dementia-friendly heritage initiatives are welcome.

The Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group is a peer network working collaboratively to create a resource that will inspire and support heritage sector staff and volunteers to make their sites more dementia-friendly.

“So Many Beauties”, Manchester Cathedral – 6 April 2017

Thursday 6 April 2017, 19:00

Presented by Adages, the performance is a “dementia-friendly oratorio” by Holly Marland, based on work with people with dementia and their carers in the northwest.

Based on an ACE-funded project, with input from guest artists and students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Using iPads creatively with older people in care, Nottingham – 19 April 2017

Imagine – Nottingham’s arts and older people programme – is offering a training session for artists and staff working in the care sector, run in partnership with We engage. The session will cover

King’s Fund leadership summit – early-bird registration deadline 1 March 2017

The seventh national summit focuses on the consequences of the NHS Five Year Forward View across the health sector, and is designed to support experienced leaders from the third sector, NHS, local government and private sector.

The summit will be held on 9 May 2017 at the King's Fund, London.

Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society call for urgent government action

The two charities have demanded both short and long-term responses to the developing crisis in social care. Age UK suggests that social care will collapse in the worst-affected areas as early as 2018.

Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society represent the sector’s acknowledgement of the need for “a short-term injection of new money in to the system and leadership towards a long-term solution”.

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Wellbeing Index shows direct impact of creativity in later life

Based on a survey of 15,000 people aged 60 and over, the newly-published Wellbeing in Later Life Index from Age UK and the University of Southampton finds that taking part in creative activities may be the biggest influencing factor on wellbeing in later life.

The activities highlighted by survey participants include dancing, playing a musical instrument, visiting museums, photography, singing, painting and writing.

The Index can be found here.

Music for the Moment, for people with dementia, Marylebone – from 10 March 2017

The Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall, Marylebone Girls’ School, Marylebone Church and Westminster Arts’ Resonate programme have joined forces to present a series of concerts for people living with dementia and their friends and carers. Called Music for the Moment, these relaxed monthly concerts are generously offered by friendly students from the Royal Academy of Music and supported by pupils from Marylebone Girls’ School who serve refreshments and chat to the concert goers.

Music and Care workshops, London - 16 & 17 March 2017

One-day Music and Dementia Care workshops at the Wellcome Collection, on delivering music interventions to individuals living with dementia in a range of settings (community, care home, hospitals).

The objectives of the workshops will be:

European Reminiscence Network training course and apprenticeship scheme - from 9 March 2017

Of interest to arts practitioners, community arts workers, occupational and arts therapists, group workers, reminiscence practitioners, and staff from health and social care services who are interested and/or experienced in positive approaches to dementia care.

Contact the ERN (see below) to apply, or Read more.

Two-day Training course in reminiscence arts in dementia care: 8 and 9 March 2017, 09:30-17:00

CQC to partner with charities and patient advocacy groups

The Care Quality Commission has announced it will be working with a number of ‘Tell us about your care’ partner organisations: Carers UK, Disability Rights UK, Mind, The National Autistic Society, Patients Association, and the Relatives & Residents Association.

The organisations will pass information to the CQC with the aim of improving its regulation of health and care services, and helping to identify best practice.

Chris Day, Director of Engagement at the Care Quality Commission, said:


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