Dementia is a syndrome that can affect not only the person living with it but the whole extended family - partners, children, and even close friends can find themselves affected by it, with many family members finding themselves needing to offer support to a loved one. Getting a dementia diagnosis can also bring with it a huge emotional impact for everyone close to the person.
Diagnoses of dementia are rising quickly, by 2025 it is predicted that over 1 million people in the UK will be living with dementia.
Our Living Well with Dementia project exists to provide aid and a much-needed lifeline to those living with dementia, their family and friends, and their carers throughout their whole dementia journey.
We provide 3 different elements of support:
- Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) sessions,
- Heart of Westminster Dementia Cafe
- 1:1 Dementia Befriending service which can be accessed face-to-face and/or by telephone.
The MCST programme provides weekly structured sessions where group members can take part in stimulating games and activities designed to assist those with mild to moderate dementia in maintaining their memory and thinking skills.
The Heart of Westminster Cafe is a relaxed space where individuals living with dementia and their carers/family members can come together and meet. The cafe provides a great place for carers/family members to meet and share experiences but also connect with professionals.
Our Dementia Befriending service matches fully trained volunteers with dementia diagnosed older people who are isolated, to provide a visit or a phone call on a regular basis.
We’d love to expand these services and help even more families throughout Westminster but as an independent charity we rely on the generosity of the public to provide these life changing services, will you donate today and help us be there for those affected by dementia?
Your donation can help:
- decrease loneliness and isolation
- improve mental health
- improve emotional wellbeing
- improve quality of life
- improve mood
- improve/maintain memory
- increase energy
- improve focus, attention, and concentration
- improved mobility, confidence and help those living with dementia feel more part of their local community
- improve physical health
- support family members and carers