Community Matters – Thank you Waitrose

The lovely staff at Waitrose, Romsey chose Romdag for their Community Matters funding. We used the money to put on a fabulous Christmas party to combat isolation for people with dementia and their caregivers. The party was a fantastic success which may not have happened without the Community Matters support.

The full article can be seen here

Thank you Waitrose!

A new research opportunity

A NewMind funded study looking into pressure ulcer prevention for those with dementia.

You are cordially invited to take part to a scientific study that can take part during the ROMDAG activities.

This study is not interfering with the activities! The non-invasive measurement will only take part at the beginning at in the end of activities!

Carers can take also part!

For further details check out the study poster or contact Dr. Luciana Bostan l.e.bostan@soton.ac.uk

 

Yet another successful Dementia Festival at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Roy Lancaster CBE and patron of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens returned on Sunday 8th July to open the fourth Dementia Festival DEMFEST organised by the Romsey Dementia Action Group.  Over 500 people enjoyed the hot summer weather and engaged with over 45 different stands,  stalls and workshops.

The event highlights innovative ideas, allowing inspirational people to showcase their work with dementia and workshops designed to assist people who live with this disease.  The day focuses on known areas of help, such as aromatherapy, gardening therapies, music and the live bands and individuals provided the backdrop to a very enjoyable day for everyone.

Wessex Film & Sound Archive showcased their pioneering mobile film theatre drawing interests to the interesting and memory inspiring reminiscence marquee, the Mayflower Theatre were able to update visitors upon the refurbishment of the theatre and its reopening in September and show old show programmes.

Andrew Knight who runs fortnightly music workshops, Music Unlocking Memories in the Crosfield Hall gave a demonstration of his unique ‘Music Therapy’ to an audience of 50 plus, which overran such was the enjoyment  meaning the expert panellists on the Question and Answer session was moved out into the sunshine into an events shelter.

Face painting, Men’s Shed, a unique wishing tree, arts and crafts complimented the very busy Shentons Information Marquee where advice upon dementia was to be found from a range of agencies.

Cllr Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Caroline Nokes MP attended with the Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock and Deputy Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Hatley, local parish councillors also attended this excellent day hosted by Romsey but visited by many from across the counties.

Check out our Demfest page on the Romdag website for photos of the event.

Can you help with dementia research?

Emily Walters is a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton.

She is looking for participants to get involved and help her make improvements within the NHS.

Have a look at the below information & give Emily a shout if you are interested in learning more (contact details below).

Thanks everyone for having a look & good luck Emily with your studying

Unlocking romsey memories

“Unlocking Romsey Memories”

This year the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Dementia Action Week’ runs from May 21st – 27th, and members of Romsey Dementia Action Group (ROMDAG) are planning a number of special events for it.
One of these is a FREE event called ‘Unlocking Romsey Memories’, which Greenbuttercup CIC is hosting on Friday May 25th, 2018. The event will be held in the Green Room at the Plaza Theatre (by kind permission of RAODS), where Greenbuttercup CIC run monthly ‘Art & Craft’ sessions for those living with Dementia on behalf of ROMDAG. Between 10.30a.m. and 12.30p.m. anyone with a Dementia, who lives in and around Romsey (or used to live/work in, or even just visit Romsey), is invited to come along with their carer and/or relatives to enjoy a morning of reminiscences over coffee and cake.
A number of organisations have kindly agreed to lend us Romsey memorabilia and photos to help unlock those memories. Members of King John’s House will be present with some artefacts from their Museum; Romsey Show and the Romsey Signal Box are loaning items; the local history society (LTVAS) and owners of the Woodley Net website have allowed us access to their photos; and members of RAODS will be on hand to talk about the Plaza – which was a Cinema and Bingo Hall before the Theatre it is now.
Everyone is welcome to join us – just drop-in at any time and stay for as long as you like. If you have an object or photo which has a special memory of Romsey for you, we would love to see it, so please bring it along.
There is parking behind the theatre, and entry is by the side entrance up the accessible ramp. If you would like further information of this event, please contact Pamela on: Pamela@shadow26.plus.com or 01794 501605.
For information about other local events during Dementia Action Week, please visit www.romdag.co.uk.

Donation – thank you

Huge thank you to St Edmunds Romsey RC church and St Andrews RC Church North Baddesley from Romsey Dementia Action Group in receiving a £910 donation from the congregation of these two churches.

The donation will help with our Dementia Action Week plans at The British Legion, Marie Louise House, The Plaza, Romsey Abbey, The Utd Reformed Church, Dementia Action Week 21st to 26th May,

And Demfest @ Sir Harold Hilliers on the 8th July will all benefit enormously from this gift.

Thank you from all of us at Romdag

Research opportunity

Carolina is a PhD student at the University of Southampton. She is looking for people to take part in her study.

I am recruiting relatives and friends of people living with dementia. As well as professionals and volunteers to take part in the last study of my PhD, which is a survey about effects of physical activity for people living with dementia. Here is the link to the online survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4220573/Delphi-round-1

I have got paper packages available as well, for those who are not so comfortable with computers. At this stage I am only recruiting relatives, friends and professionals or volunteers. But in a few months I will be recruiting people living with dementia as well

If anyone can help, click the link or contact Carolina at a.c.goncalves@soton.ac.uk

MAYOR OF TEST VALLEY ATTENDED ROMSEY ‘MEMORY WALK’

The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Carl Borg-Neal accompanied walkers on the Romsey Memory Walk earlier this week. The walk was established by the  Romsey Dementia Action Group and Walking for Health  for people who may be living with a dementia or wish to gain some exercise whilst stimulating their memory with some mental exercises.

The walks are held on the first and third Monday of each month and last for about an hour, a refreshments and an opportunity to chat are kindly provided by Marie Louise House, anyone interested in joining the walks can just come along. The walks start at 10:30am, from Marie Louise House or see the website www.romdag.org.uk  for more details.