Friday, 21 June 2013

Fairlynch – A Dementia-Friendly Museum

Fairlynch Chairman Roger Sherriff writes:
Budleigh Salterton is following in the footsteps of Torquay which was Devon’s first dementia-friendly town. 
Budleigh Medical Centre, in partnership with the well-established and highly respected independent home care provider Home Instead, are spearheading an initiative to make businesses in Budleigh dementia-aware.
With one in four of us likely to get some form of dementia and with 880 sufferers in Exmouth and Budleigh alone it is a condition that we are all going to become more aware of.  As part of this initiative Home Instead’s Mark McGlade, pictured above, is giving presentations on what dementia is, how it affects both sufferers and their carers and how members of the public and businesses can best help those dementia sufferers we come into contact with.
On 12  June Mark gave a presentation to a group of stewards and volunteers at the Museum. He gave a detailed background about the various types of dementia and how they affect individuals. Mark then went on to explain how we can identify the signs of dementia and how we can help visitors to the museum who exhibit these signs. The talk was both sobering and thought provoking and everyone went away with a far greater appreciation of the implication of the illness on everyone it affects.
In the future we hope to open the museum specifically for dementia sufferers and their carers. This will enable sufferers to enjoy reminiscing and using aspects of their long-term memory in a relaxed and comfortable environment. If you know of anybody who you feel would enjoy and benefit from such a visit then please contact either myself or Mark McGlade (01395 200600) and we will make the necessary arrangements.
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