DFEL NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018
I have dementia but it doesn't have me!
Agnes Houston, Dementia Alumni, MBE
Welcome to our second newsletter of the year. January ended with a bang with our first East Lothian DEEP Network event in Haddington and carers meeting to organise a Carer-led event in May (thanks to the Life Changes Trust
Plus our (first!!) internternational conference: Shifting Paradigms about Dementia: Including people living with dementia in research, policy and practice.
Leading academics focussed on the role of community. Professor Myrra Vernooij-Dassen from Netherlands spoke about Social Health; Professor Dawn Brooker from England, about community based meeting centres and Cormac Russell ran a workshop on assets based community development and what we could do here in East Lothian. It was a wonderful, inspiring day; we even trended on Twitter!
We learnt that daily life, going about in the community, doing normal things, is good for our bodies and brains. Research shows that community interactions have a massive contribution to health and well-being. Working together and supporting each other in our communities we can change all our lives. We need to invest in communities that are good for everyone. We need to focus on what we can do and value the contribution that everyone makes. This isn't just about dementia, it's about everyone.
We're already using what we've learnt - exciting times ahead! Watch out for a full record of the day here: SUII LINK
and on DFEL
website. Coming soon...
Our Community Kitchen and the Sensory Garden at Cockenzie House
projects start meeting this month. We want to bring everyone together, including people with dementia and care-partners round food and gardens. Come along and find out more. We're also starting an intergenerational project
with Dunbar Fashion School, Knox High School and Dunbar Grammar School, details soon. We want these projects to show what we can do when we do things together.
Our DEEP Friendship Groups
continue to meet, but please note
, we've moved from The Gothenburg in Prestonpans to Cockenzie House and Gardens from 28th February.
The planning group for the Carers' Event
holds its first meeting on 13th February. The event will be run by and for carers for people with dementia in East Lothian and is generously supported by The Life Changes Trust.
Looking ahead, watch out for chances to find out more about our DESIGNING FOR DEMENTIA
project on Memories. Plus Dementia Awareness and Carers Week in June; Luminate in October and Absent Friends in November and an event for Haddington 700
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
- CARERS PLANNING MEETING - all Carers welcome! 13th February, 10am - 3pm at The Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington. Contact Elizabeth: 01412129617 ; Elizabeth.email@example.com
- OUR COMMUNITY KITCHEN - meets in The Star Room, Haddington, 15th February 1.30 - 4.00. Bring your lunch & something to share if you can.
- COCKENZIE HOUSE AND GARDENS: CREATING A COMMUNITY SENSORY GARDEN. 28th February at Cockenzie House, 2pm - 3.30pm. It's not just about digging!!
Sue & Elaine :-)
Thank you again for all you do. East Lothian is a remarkable place, with remarkable people who make great things happen. We have much to be proud of.
Dementia Friendly East Lothian CIC
Phone: 07727 883 881