Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease.
In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.
Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them, supporting people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow. Dementia is caused by brain diseases; the most common is Alzheimer’s. As the brain shuts down, a person gradually loses the ability to do the things many of us take for granted from enjoying conversations with family or friends to eating or dressing without help. In Swindon itself, there are 2,232 people with dementia, and this figure is predicted to rise to 2977 by 2021.
Alzheimer’s Society in Swindon facilitates a weekly Singing for the brain session, each Tuesday (term time only). This is a structured group session for people with dementia and their carers based on music therapy through singing. The group is led by a trained facilitator who, in each session, will offer the opportunity to socialise, receive peer support and actively participate in singing in a friendly atmosphere.
Alzheimer’s Society also run a memory cafe on the second Thursday of each month at the Wyvern Theatre. The memory café is a drop in service so there is no need to book in advance. The café runs from 10.30am until 12pm. On one Saturday a month the Meet and Eat Group takes place, where people come for Fish and Chips, a catch up with friends and some entertainment. An information & signposting service is also available and people can arrange to meet for a 1:1 appointment. This service is available via telephone support or email as well. Alzheimer’s Society rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work.