Hear Tommy speak at Carers Masterclass

Hear Tommy speak at Carers Masterclass

On Thursday 10th April Tommy Whitelaw, who cared for his mother through her journey with dementia, will be hosting a master class titled ‘Letters, Life and Love Stories’ from 6pm at Glasgow Caledonian University in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre. Following a successful career in the music industry, running global merchandising operations for the Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue and U2, Tommy spent five years as full-time carer for his late mother...

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Befriending for carers

Befriending for carers

Befrienders Highland has launched a new distance Befriending Dementia service for carers of people with dementia across the Highlands. The service aims to reduce isolation in our rural communities and encourage social contact. The service pairs carers with a fully trained volunteer in a supported friendship by either telephone, email or letter. The Befriending Dementia service is confidential, reliable and regular. Befriending Dementia...

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Ann and Andrew make national news

Ann and Andrew make national news

[Picture courtesy of Daily Mail] Ann and Andrew featured on the Daily Mail website today, with Ann sharing her experience of pain and dementia. In the story, Ann explains how she came to find out that much of Andrew’s aggression was not a side-effect of dementia, it was a result of neuropathic pain, which he was not able to describe to her. Ann is already in talks with the University of Greenwich about future research programmes on this...

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Tommy Whitelaw comes to the Highlands!

Tommy Whitelaw comes to the Highlands!

Tommy Whitelaw, who cared for his mother Joan full-time after her diagnosis of dementia, will be visiting the Highlands this month. Organised by Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Highland, Tommy will speak at the Highland Dementia Resource Centre, Unit 2, Strothers Lane, Inverness on Wednesday 13th November from 10am-12pm. This talk is open to all carers of people with dementia. The same afternoon Tommy will then speak for one hour at 1pm and 3.15pm...

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Caring for the carers

Caring for the carers

On 1 May, a new research report was launched by Carers UK outlining the current state of caring. The report was launched at a State of Care conference, in a session chaired by Fiona Phillips who experienced caring for both her mother and father on their journeys through dementia. The State of Caring 2013 report brings together findings from a survey of over 3000 carers across the UK and highlights the five main areas of action required to...

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Congratulations Babu! Cochin’s dementia friendly work wins Taipei award

Congratulations Babu! Cochin’s dementia friendly work wins Taipei award

It’s almost a year ago now that Ann Pascoe’s Churchill Fellowship took her to India with her husband Andrew to find out about some new approaches to supporting families affected by dementia in a country where some 3.8 million people are living with the illness.  One of the many people there who made a big impression on her was Babu Varghese, a Project Officer working for ARDSI – the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders...

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