Dignity with Dementia Talk

This evening, Carnforth Rotary members welcomed guest speaker, Diane Smillie, from Dignity in Dementia.
Diane and her colleagues work with the emotional well-being of people living with dementia, and their careers, as once diagnosed, people lose their sense of worth and are often overcome by loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
Dignity with Dementia run Family Carer Courses, advise on how to cope with different behaviours and support
They provide a lot of activities which include poetry and singing groups, currently via zoom, but are looking forward to face to face meetings as soon as possible. They have walking groups which start and end at cafes, Community Come Dancing groups which have been hosted by Year 5 primary school children. A lot of the activities are on a one to one basis doing whatever the client wants to do.
During lockdown they wrote letters, which were gratefully received and thoroughly enjoyed.
A new initiative is the ‘Grow to Give’ project, where people are given the materials required to grow flowers or vegetables which they can then give to others who have helped them.
To round up the talk, Diane showed a short film starring a lady with dementia whose message was that she may forget who she has seen or what she has done, but will always remember the happiness of a loved one visiting her. We also welcomed Ron Kervezee from the Rotary club of Altena in Woudrichem, Holland, who have joined us in the ‘Virtual Walk’ between Carnforth and Woudrichem. The aim of the walk was to raise funds for The Bay Dementia Hub and Age Uk Memory Hub Carnforth.