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World Alzheimers Month 2021

Published on 01 September 2021 05:36 PM

What is World Alzheimers Awareness Month?

Every September for World Alzheimers Awareness Month, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around dementia.

One in three of us born in the UK today will go onto develop dementia in our lifetime. There will be one million people living with dementia by 2025. By raising awareness about dementia, through various events across the UK including in Islington, it is hoped more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms.

What events are taking place in Islington during the month?

We have partnered up with Dementia Friendly Islington so we can share a calendar of dementia-friendly events and information sessions. Organised by different community groups, organisations and Islington Council, these are happening throughout September.

Event details including times and links to register or take part online can be found below.

There is also a free five-week online course in October/November 2021 for those who care for someone with dementia, Tuesdays 10.30 - 12.30pm.  This is hosted by C&I NHS Foundation Trust. For the course outline and to register, please see further down this page, below the table.

Making Islington a Dementia Friendly Borough: Alzheimer’s Society and Islington Council are hosting an online group discussion where you can share your thoughts, ideas and experiences on a number of local issues.  Please see further details below.

Date: 1st October, 2021 Time: 10:30 – 12 noon

Event/Activity

Detail

Time/Date

Link

Singing for the Brain

Join other people with Dementia and their carers for a virtual version of our Singing for the Brain group session

Every Tuesday, 2pm-3.30pm, via Zoom

Please email Beverley.george@alzheimers.org.uk for more information and the Zoom link

Cecelias Memory Café at St Stephens Church Community Centre

Come along to our Memory Cafes which run fortnightly and are back in-person as of September!

Saturday 4th September, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Please email Beverley.george@alzheimers.org.uk before attending as space is limited due to Covid restrictions. 

Health and History Walk at Caledonian Park

We will walk and talk for about an hour and then there will be a chance to play skittles and sit down and buy a cuppa from the park café at the end of the walk.

Thursday 9th September, 10am

For more information or to register to attend (for free!) visit https://callypark.london/events/health-history-a-dementia-friendly-walk-around-cally-park-5/

Moments of Calm, Music Appreciation Session

Join Age UK Islington for this this special dementia-friendly music appreciation session for people living with dementia and their carers. Hear familiar classical music and get a new insight into how composers use moments of silence to punctuate and intensify their music.

Thursday 16 September, 2 - 3pm (via Zoom)

For more info & to book:

https://ageukislington.microsoftcrmportals.com/calm/

Health & Nature Dementia Friendly Walk

Come along to Gillespie Park on for a guided nature walk around our park. Hosted by Islington Council, the walk is suitable for all ages and will be accessible for those with dementia and special education needs. There will be a sensory element to the walk as well as hearing about the park's wildlife and history. The walk will end with free tea and biscuits at the Ecology Centre.

 

Friday 17 September, 10.30am

For more info and to register (for free!) visit:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/islington/partner-activities/a4-poster---dementia-friendly-walks-ec.pdf

 

Dementia Friends Information Session

Learn more about dementia! Organised by Alzheimer’s Society and hosted by Volunteer Dementia Champions. The sessions are designed to give an introduction to dementia and how it affects people.

 

Islington Carers Hub will also be providing a short presentation about their support for carers.

9 / 16 / 23 / 30 Sept, 1 – 2pm (via Zoom)

For more info & to book:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/islington/about-us/news/2021/dementia-friends-information-sessions/

StAns Virtual Café – Words, Words, Words

We celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month and International Literacy Day, and we have the amazing Keith Oliver and Jess Shaw returning to guest speak. Keith Oliver lives with dementia and has written several books. They will be speaking about their Time and Place, a book of poetry written by people living with dementia.

Saturday 18th September, 10am-12pm via Zoom

Here is a link with more information and instructions on how to join:

https://fb.me/e/2cdVCodFj

Cecelias Memory Café at St Stephens Church Community Centre

Come along to our Memory Cafes which run fortnightly and are back in-person as of September!

Saturday 18th September, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Please email Beverley.george@alzheimers.org.uk before attending as space is limited due to Covid restrictions.

For a full list of dates & a map click here.

Make a Bird Feeder at Caledonian Park

Join our Park Ranger team and make your own birdfeeder to take home. This activity especially welcomes those living with dementia, though anyone is welcome to join.

Wednesday 22nd September, 10am

For more information or to register to attend (for free!) visit https://callypark.london/events/make-a-bird-feeder-dementia-friendly/

Singing, Dancing & Reminiscence

The Museum of London - Time For A Cuppa, online via zoom

The Museum of London warmly welcomes people living with dementia, their loved ones, companions and carers, to join us for a relaxed, interactive session via Zoom. Grab a cuppa, get comfy and stretch your vocal cords as we prepare to sing, dance and reminisce in these joyful sessions inspired by hidden gems in the museum collection.

 

Wednesday 22 September, 10.30am – 11.30am (via Zoom)

You can book by following this link or by emailing mailto:memories@museumoflondon.org.ukm

Castles Roses & Beyond: Exploring Canal Art

Discover the fascinating history of our canals, handle artefacts and create your own masterpieces as you explore the painting techniques and the floral design of the canals. A free 8-week creative programme with London Canal Museum for adults looking to improve their brain health - with or without a diagnosis of dementia - and companions.

Every Tuesday, 10:30 am – 12.30pm, 28 Sept - 16 Nov 2021

 

Where: London Canal Museum, 12/13 New Wharf Rd, London, N1 9RT

For more info & to book:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/islington/partner-activities/castles-roses--beyond-exploring-canal-art-with-london-canal-musuem-1.pdf

 

Contact: mailto:emily@arts4dementia.org.uk

020 3633 9954

Dementia Course for Carers

A free five-week online course in October/November 2021 for those who care for someone with dementia, on Tuesdays 10.30 - 12.30pm.  This will be hosted by C&I NHS Foundation Trust.  

For more information, see the Course Outline.

To receive a link to join, please email Islington Carers Hub: info@islingtoncarershub.org.

Making Islington a Dementia Friendly Borough (discussing housing, social care, community groups for people with dementia and other topics)

This is a joint project by the Alzheimer’s Society and Islington Council. We want to hear your experiences of living with Dementia or caring for someone with Dementia in Islington Format: This will be a facilitated group discussion over Zoom. We will send you the discussion topics and questions ahead of the meeting.

For further details and how to book, please see the poster.