To gain a better understanding of what support is available for people living with dementia in Swale, we accompanied Noreen, a Teynham resident(pictured) to the Dementia Day Care Service. The service is run by Jenny Fox from Age UK (also pictured) and operates in Teynham, Sittingbourne and Faversham.
This service takes place in a safe environment where a two-course meal is provided and activities include arts and crafts, music lessons, indoor sporting activities and much more.
Jenny explains: “We also run a 14-week structured ‘COGS’ club that consists of 12 people who have mild to moderate dementia. The club is modelled on the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and encourages members to participate, make friends and keep their mind active which is so important to help maintain a good quality of life.”
Jackie Holland, a Dementia Outreach Coordinator, who carries out visits to people who need support, information and advice about dementia services, explained: “People can access the Age UK services by referral from their GP or Admiral Nurse and an Age UK representative will carry out an assessment.”
“These services are available daily and there is a fee to access them, but you can find out more by contacting our Age UK team directly.”
Please see attached leaflets for your local Age UK below, or visit the Age UK websites below for contact details.
(Please note that there is a waiting list for these popular groups).