Dementia Futures Fund
Dementia is a condition that one in fourteen of us will develop over the age of 65. Its symptoms are not a natural part of the ageing process. Young onset dementia can affect people of working age who have jobs, commitments and plans for their futures. It also impacts on those in their later years of life which can put added pressure on an already strained health service. There are a lot of myths about dementia and its causes.
We are striving to improve the way we diagnose and treat dementia.
Our Dementia Futures Fund is raising money to:
- fund dementia research nurses
- support research trials using specialist equipment
- provide free scans for patients with young onset dementia
- work with local hospitals to enhance facilities for patients with dementia and their families.
We are setting out to dispel the myths and help identify symptoms in patients through early intervention with the best diagnostic equipment.
Sudden or slow onset changes in behaviour might be the first signs of dementia. These could include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, confusion and finding it harder to carry out simple daily tasks, being confused about time and place and mood changes.
Ageing is the biggest risk factor for dementia. However there are lots of things you can do to help reduce your risk. Simple lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, keeping active and maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, reducing alcohol intake and keeping the mind active by learning something new, doing puzzles or word searches.
Dementia Awareness Week 21-27 May
Dementia Awareness Week gave us an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the Dementia Futures Fund.
If you want to support our work and take part by arranging a dress down day or a cake sale or perhaps raising those adrenalin levels by signing up to one of our challenge events, we'd love to hear from you.
Drop Emma a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
IRESS, one of our corporate supporters chose to use Dementia Awareness Week to create an outdoor oasis for dementia patients at the Fritchie Centre run by 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust based in Charlton Lane, Cheltenham. IRESS is also fundraising for Cobalt’s Dementia Futures Fund. The fund aims to improve the way patients are diagnosed and treated for dementia and the charity are currently raising funds to support a research nurse at the Fritchie centre.
The garden makeover will enable dementia patients to get outdoors and enjoy a safe and relaxing environment. The space started out as decking and a neglected herb planter. Other local businesses rallied round and donated beautiful plants, hard landscaping materials and garden ornaments to support the project.
Pictured - Left to right - Joanne Parker, Activities Co-ordinator, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Mrs Edna Cook, Karen Jones, Bookings Clerk, Cobalt.
We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has pledged their support for our Dementia Futures Fund and for the work that was done to transform the garden.
A big thank you especially to:
Wyevale Garden Centre
Dursley Pet and Garden Supplies