Regularly connecting with others in a similar situation and ‘having people to go with’ are proven to have hugely beneficial impacts in enabling people to live well with dementia. Yet, extreme loneliness as a result of feeling excluded from one’s community is often all too evident.
Following a comprehensive audit of peer support groups across Hampshire, work is being undertaken to ensure that there are no gaps in this fundamental support requirement, both for people with dementia and importantly, their carers. Working in minority communities and supporting young people with dementia are high priorities because there are currently clear openings to provide these services.
Carers who are keen to network with like-minded people may also appreciate the opportunity to get involved via Twitter:
Also, the Alzheimer’s Society’s online Talking Point forum facilitates support on numerous topics surrounding dementia:
If you are interested in volunteering to support a peer group in your community, or you believe that there is a requirement for one in your area, please contact us to be put in touch with a Dementia Friendly Hampshire Local Area Co-ordinator to get you started.
Picture reproduced by permission of Mandy Moore.
“By holding weekly drop-in sessions at the library, a prominent place in Fareham, we are reaching out to more people, publicising what is available for people with dementia and giving them an opportunity to ask questions and find out more in an informal atmosphere. We are working with the Alzheimer’s society and the local Dementia Advisor, who attends every other week.”
Local Area Co-ordinator, Andover Mind