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Welcome to Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia

Purple Angels & A Paul Harris Fellowship

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Babbacombe & St Marychurch Rotary Club has just awarded Norrms McNamara with a much deserved Paul Harris Fellowship Award for all of his outstanding work setting up the Purple Angel Campaign and the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance.  Norrms has been living with dementia for 6 years and he and his wife Elaine have dedicated their lives to helping support people with dementia not just in his home town but across the UK and now the world.

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REPoD is delighted to support the Purple Angel Campaign and hopes that Rotary Clubs will link up with Angels in their area to raise awareness of dementia and help turn their town into a dementia friendly community.  Find out more about The Purple Angels.

Fidget Quilts

Fidget Quilts are a great oportunity for members of the Inner Wheel, WI, local quilters groups, etc., to get involved in producing these quick & simple but highly useful item for someone suffering with dementia.  They can easily and simply be tailored for the individual concerened   Download this .pdf file for more info.

Prime Minister's Dementia Champions' Group

We (REPoD) are proud to announce that our Chairperson, Dr. Geri Parlby, has been invited to join a sub group of the Prime Minister's Dementia Champions' Group.  She will be sitting on the 'Civil Society and Voluntary Organisations sub group on Dementia Friendly Communities'.

School students making great social impact

The running of a Dementia Café is helped by some Interactors (6th Form School Students from the local Secondary School) linked to the Rotary Club of Princes Risborough.

Here is a rough-cut video of the students interacting with visitors to the café.  The PR Rotary Club is in the process of producing a video for the 2014, 1090 District Conference, to try and persuade more Rotary Clubs to support and help run Interact Clubs.

New Memory Café

Crocus Café opened its doors on 7th October, the first of our planned monthly meetings.  Many Rotarians from clubs in and around Peterborough were on hand to welcome our visitors.  Entertainment at our first meeting was provided by professional singer Dave Waters.  All present enjoyed the chance to meet up, have a chat and listen to Dave's excellent singing.  We expect increased numbers next month when word spreads around the memory clinics.  Read more...

Another Rotary Club Memory Café opens

Members of the Huntingdon Rotary Club have been involved in the setting up of a memory café and continue to be involved in its running.  The café, which is held within the church hall adjoining the church of All Saints Church Hartford, had its offcial opening on 20th September.  Read more...

MHA - Live at Home

REPoD is currently talking with MHA to see how we can combine resources in order to improve and enhance the ability of sufferes and their carers to remain in their own homes.  Find out more about the MHA.

Alzheimer's Research UK

REPoD is pleased to support and encourage the support of Alzheimer's Research UK.  The UK's premier dementia research organisation.

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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.

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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

Dementia Adventure

Looking for a break / holiday for someone you care for or yourself - then take a look at this web site.

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