Saturday, 23 May 2015

Dementia sufferers and their carers are being invited to take a step into the digital world.

Sessions aim to open up digital world 
to dementia sufferers and their carers

Dementia sufferers and their carers are being invited to take a step into the digital world

Age UK South Tyneside has been handed a pot of cash to launch a digital skills programme.
The NHS Widening Digital Participation pathfinder programme aims to promote access to health information using new technology.
It has been designed to support older people with dementia and their carers to enable them to carry out health-based transactions online, such as registering with a GP’s practice, booking appointments to see a doctor, ordering repeat prescriptions, finding information on NHS Choices to check symptoms or even reviewing reports on primary care practices.
John Briers, chief executive of Age UK South Tyneside, said: “Dementia can happen to anyone in later life.
“Life doesn’t end when dementia begins. Being diagnosed with dementia doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing the things you love or try new things. If diagnosed early enough, there are lots of things that can be done.
“Helping older people with dementia and their carers to find information, build support networks and interact online is just one of the many things that we can provide support with to help you to live well with dementia.”
The new service has been launched as part of Dementia Awareness Week, running until Sunday.For information on the digital programme, call Age UK South Tyneside on 0191 456 6903 or send an e-mail to info@
•An event will be held today from 10am until noon at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre in South Shields to raise awareness of the early signs of dementia.

Project aims to make York dementia friendly

Project aims to make York dementia friendly

Siân Balsom, manager of Healthwatch York
Siân Balsom, manager of Healthwatch York

A HEALTH watchdog is set to investigate how York can be improved for people living with dementia.
Healthwatch York has received funding from Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in order to carry out a two-year project with the aim of taking York closer to being the first dementia-friendly city in the UK.
The organisation will make clear recommendations on what the city needs to do to better support people living with dementia and their carers.
The report will be presented to key city organisations with practical ideas on how policy and service delivery could change to improve people’s lives.
Siân Balsom, Healthwatch York manager, said: “The project will be grounded in the experiences of people living with dementia, their carers and the organisations who are supporting them.
She added: “It will outline the necessary changes that will allow everyone in York to work effectively together to meet the challenges of being a dementia friendly city.”
She said Healthwatch hoped to replicate the success of its report into access to services for deaf people which saw a number of its recommendations implemented and positive changes made.
Katherine Blaker, community development manager at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said people living with dementia had reported different experiences in terms of the speed of their diagnosis and the support available. She said: “This piece of work by Healthwatch York will, over the next two years, systematically collate the experiences of people living with dementia across the city and seek out solutions from responsible agencies to improve the support for every one of us who may be affected by dementia now or in the future.”
The funding for the project which amounts to just over £20,000, was announced during Dementia Awareness Week this week. Organisations and individuals interested in being part of the new project should phone Healthwatch York on 01904 621133 or email