Welcome to Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia
This is a joint initiative between members of various Rotary Clubs who have recognised the need for increased support in the community for families affected by dementia. There are 820,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, a number forecast to double within a generation.
The REPoD message is spreading far and wide and not just within the UK. We now have a number of contacts in the USA who have taken inspiration from this web site and used our Memory Café Start-up Guide. Read this email extract received from a couple in Washington DC.
We are proud of our Dementia Carers' Pathways booklet which aims to guide carers through and over the various problems they come up against when faced with having to care for a loved one. To read / download a copy of this booklet, which is made available in PDF format, please go to - Getting help - Dementia Carers' Pathways. We also aim to keep Rotarians up to date on the various dementia linked initiatives with which they can become involved in their areas.
Rather than re-inventing the wheel we will also be sign posting some of the excellent existing sites that provide medical and practical support. Click on the words that appear as links and you will be taken directly to the relevant web sites.
We will also be offering localised information on professionals and tradespersons, available in different areas around the country, who are willing / able to help with those day to day requirements. This database is accessible via any combination of postcode, town and profession. If visitors to this site can recommend existing services in their area please contact us.
REPoD also has a number of Regional Representatives who will be please to help and advise.
Areas of this site are constantly under review and the site is being added to all the time. Please bookmark this site and return on a regular basis to see what's new.
REPoD is pleased to support and encourage the support of Alzheimer's Research UK. The UK's premier dementia research organisation.
No other Dementia charity puts as much money into dementia research as Alzheimer's Research UK and this year they want to double what they spend. They have come up with a very helpful handy book of fund-raising ideas. Take a look at their web site and see if your club can get involved in finding ways to beat this devastating disease.
There is a recently released publication entitled, 'Alzheimer's in the news - fear and fascination'. This publication aims to present the facts behind many of the news stories that appear in the various media. In doing so it is hoped that the reader will be better able to assess the true nature of the problem and how it might effect them. Download this publication (4.87MB) as a PDF file.
Dementia Friendly Communities
Various bodies, both government and others are promoting the setting up of dementia friendly communities. To see what's involved and how you can be part of it, go to our dementia friendly communities page. You can also read this PDF document (1.5MB)
Service Above Self
It is with much pleasure that we announce that the Chair of REPoD, Dr. Geri Parlby, has been awarded the 'Rotary International Service above Self Award' for her outstanding contributions to the REPoD effort over the 6 years since its inception. We feel that all who know her will feel that this award was well deserved.
Hands across the water
The REPoD message is spreading and not just within the UK. Read this email extract from a couple in Washington DC.
Funding dementia research
The government has announced an increase into funding dementia research. Dementia research funding set to rise to £66m by 2015. - BBC News web site
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RIBI Conference 2011 - Speech
This is a PDF transcript of the speech given by Geri Parlby about dementia and REPoD's activities at the RIBI Conference in Dublin.
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