There is a lot going on in the world of care this week which is keeping us very busy.
The most important thing that is happening is that it is national carers week, with organisations from all over the country promoting the amazing work that carers do. They really are superheroes and so often are the unsung army of people helping the vulnerable, elderly and frail to continue to live their lives in as normal a way as possible and without them the social care sector would collapse completely. Please visit the carers week website to learn more about the work that carers do and find out more about events taking place this week to celebrate their work and how you can make donations.
We also attended an event this week at the Apple Store in London launching the power of music and memory, which demonstrated the power of listening to personalised playlists of familiar music for people with dementia. The evening event was hosted by Fiona Phillips and Dan Cohen, the founder of the Music and Memory project.
If you can spare 6 minutes to watch the video of Henry’s story below, please do so as it is amazing to see the positive impact that listening to his favourite music has on him. Watching the affect that music has on Henry is powerful enough, but it has other positive impacts including a much calmer social environment, a reduction in the number of falls, everyone is happier and there is also a reduction on the need for antipsychotic drugs to calm dementia suffers down.
Finally, we are visiting the Alzheimer’s show in London this week to enhance and enrich our knowledge of the latest work and research taking place to help people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. There is a comprehensive schedule of presentations taking place in a number of theatres, as well as an extensive exhibition, so we’re not sure how we are going to fit it all in but are looking forward to the learning opportunities it will present. Watch out for updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.