Welcome to Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia
Help for dementia sufferers & their carers
Dementia Friends Champion
Our newest REPoD Representative, Diane Marsh, is a Dementia Friends Champion and she has just recruited two more people to become champions, one of whom is a Rotarian like herself.
Find out more about Dementia Friends Champions and how you could become one by going to this web site.
Admiral Nurses are specialized Dementia Nurses trained and provided by Dementia UK. Whether they are available in your part of the country is, unfortunately, something of a post code lottery. Much more funding is required to provide nationwide coverage of these very special people. Go to the Dementia UK web site to read more about them and how you can help.
If the person you are caring for has military connections, then it is worth contacting the British Legion to see if they can help with the provision of one of these nurses.
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.
Sometimes - simple ideas are the best
If someone you are caring for is faced with a hospital stay, consider promoting this idea.
Fidget Quilts & Twiddlemuffs
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.
Twiddlemuffs are another great idea in a similar vein as Fidget Quilts. The concept has found its way to us by way of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. If you are a knitter or know someone who is, the you should download this .pdf file for more details.
Rotarians & Interact - National Success
This is terrific news and should be an inspiration to Rotarians and Interact clubs everywhere. Our congratulations go out to them for winning this national award. Read more on our Rotarians in action web page.
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'.
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)
REPoD is proud to be associated with this worldwide federation of Alzheimer's associations, which supports people with dementia and their families.
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.
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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