Over 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia - that’s one in six people over 80. At Age UK Sheppey we offer a range of specialist dementia services and activites for people living with dementia as well as their carers to improve their quality of life.
Age UK Sheppey are delighted to have been commissioned to deliver post diagnostic specialist dementia support for people living with dementia and their families/carers. We will be working in partnership with our lead partner ADSS - Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services and Age UK Faversham & Sittingbourne to deliver these services across North Kent and Swale
COGs Club (Cognitive Stimulation)
Cogs clubs are for those living with mild to moderate cognitive impairment/dementia. The aim of the club is to encourage members to participate in purposeful activities in order to develop and maintain an active mind. The clubs are modelled on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and also provide a day of music, fun and friendship in a safe, supportive environment.The club is held every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm at Rosemary House, Age Uk Sheppey, Trinity Road, Sheerness. A light lunch will be provided along with hot and cold beverages. Please note that we do not provide transport to this club. Clients will need to make their own arrangements.
MCST groups – “Goodfellows”
The MCST groups are a shorter version of the Cogs club and provide cognitive stimulation in a friendly and informal setting. Games, quizzes, discussions and creative activities to help maintain memory and cognitive function.
The groups are held every Wednesday morning 10am – 12 noon and every Wednesday afternoon 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Rosemary House, Age UK Sheppey, Trinity Road, Sheerness. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided. As with the Cogs club, members will need to make their own travel arrangements.
Peer Support Group
Peer Support is a service for people living with dementia who have been recently diagnosed and/or are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. We run a monthly, 2 hour session at Sheerness East Working Men’s Club, Halfway, Sheerness.The group provides the opportunity to meet others living with dementia, in a safe space, to share experiences, discuss coping strategies, offer emotional support and develop friendships. The group can chat informally, participate in discussions led by the facilitator and also take part in quizzes or table top games if they wish to.The group also provides access to information and advice from trained staff and volunteers.
Young Onset Peer Support Group
We already run a successful peer support group for older people living with dementia but recognise that for younger people with a diagnosis, they may be facing different challenges and experiences.We are starting a separate peer support group, specifically for younger onset, (typically under the age of 65) which will be a 2 hour session, held once a month, at Sheerness East Working Men’s Club, Halfway, Sheerness.The group will provide an opportunity to share experiences, tips and advice as well as benefitting from forming new friendships, in a safe and informal environment. The group would also provide access to information and advice from trained Age UK Sheppey staff and volunteers.
Regular social interaction has proven to be beneficial for the wellbeing of those with dementia. If you are living with dementia, and would enjoy talking to someone regularly, then our Dementia Befriending service may be able to help.Our friendly, trained staff/volunteers can visit you weekly in the comfort of your own home or call you on the phone if you prefer – it’s always good to chat!
If you or someone you know may be interested in joining any of the groups or you would like to know more information about the services, please contact: Age UK Sheppey on 01795 662562 or Email: email@example.com For befriending please contact Sheila Bird on 01795662562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dementia Symptom Checklist
If you are worried that your symptoms could be signs of dementia, use this checklist to help describe your symptoms to a GP or health professional. Talking about memory problems with a GP can be difficult, but it's important to make sure you get the right support. The symptoms checklist can help you start the conversation, and remember everything you want to say during your appointment.