Dementia Awareness Film - I'm Still Here.
Everyone having some understanding of dementia will help us all make a difference.
The aim of this film is to raise awareness, and increase understanding, of Dementia and its impact on individuals, their families and the wider community.
This was a collaborative piece of work, created through funding from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which enabled GHLL to work with Newent Community School; Elmbridge Primary School; the Gloucestershire Dementia Training and Education Network; Gloucestershire police; Barnwood Trust and members of the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance. Carers of people living with dementia also contributed by sharing their experiences.
We would like to thank everyone who has made this film possible, with special thanks going to David Evans (ex-BBC cameraman) who gave much time and great expertise freely.
A video filmed with pupils from Newent Community School, alongside people living with Dementia. Download the video summary.
Intergenerational Dementia Project
A resource which offers links to resources which might be helpful for people with Dementia
The word ‘dementia’ conjures negative and fearful images associated with dread and hopelessness. In Gloucestershire, we have worked with many partners to raise a better understanding and awareness of dementia and to show that it is possible to live well with dementia. The most effective strategy that we have discovered – is the younger generation. All of us working with the Intergenerational Dementia Project have been moved and inspired by the way that the children have responded to the issues and challenges facing people living with dementia; their compassion and enthusiasm to make a difference in their community. I would recommend this resources to all schools – you will be surprised and heartened by the impact.
Helen Vaughan - Joint Commissioning Manager
Clinical Programmes Team, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
• Increasing knowledge and understanding of dementia
• Awareness of the conditions and their significance for an aging population
• Dementia friendly communities, school and wider
• Supporting people to live well with dementia
• Earlier recognition of possible dementia symptoms
Not only does the project strive to achieve the above, but in doing so it also helps young people to learn the underlying themes of acceptance, tolerance, empathy and an understanding of diversity.
The project is completely flexible. It can be fully tailored to suit your setting. This document aims to provide a collection of ideas that can be used in their original format, or can be edited and developed to suit your particular needs.
Share the Orange - Alzheimer's Research UK
Bryan Cranson talks about Alzheimers: Samuel L Jackson talks about Alzheimers:
'A Day in the Life' Intergenerational Dementia Project
Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting): Gloucestershire College. Collaborative Project brings life with Dementia to young people in a unique way.
HND Performing Arts students at Gloucestershire College were commissioned to create an original performance piece on dementia experience scenarios, to increase awareness of the condition among younger people.
The overarching theme of the piece was, “A Day in the life of Dementia”, and within that there are several scenarios highlighted:
- Night-time disorientation
- Personal care and personal space
- Separation anxiety
- Repetitious questioning and nonsense
Ultimately, the project needs to be sustainable and enjoyable. A modest start can be developed year on year, thus increasing confidence, knowledge and involvement within the community.
This project can be used as an intervention towards your GHLL Healthy School award. Even if you have achieved the award, the intervention can be recorded in the reporting tool as evidence of your great work. An example of a baseline assessment can be found in the resources for this pack.
• What is already happening in your local area?
• Links that you already have through school
• School community members with work or family links
Your local council can help to put you in touch with key workers and community builders who can help you make meaningful connections within your locality.
Contact charities such as Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Barnwood Trust.
Dementia Memory boxes powerpoint presentation - Di Harrill, Newent Community School
The Dementia training and education strategy for Gloucestershire
For further information please go to the Dementia Education Training Website for Gloucestershire:
Dementia Action Week 16th – 23rd May
Open Mics Challenge
Interview and investigate
Create a visual representation
Would you like to take part in our challenge this year and help raise awareness of dementia?
Decide on who you would like to interview. This could be an elderly family member, a neighbour, a family friend, a care home resident or someone else you feel would be suitable.
Find out as much as you can about them:
- Things about their past
- Where they have lived
- Holidays they have enjoyed
- Their time at school
- What they wore
- The music they liked
- Who their friends were
- Where they worked and the jobs they did
- Their likes and dislikes…
You might want to make notes or record your interviews.
Next, create a visual display of all that you have found out. This could be in whatever form you choose: a collage, photographs, drawings, paintings, a storyboard, a tree of life...it’s up to you! You might want to add some annotation to your creation.
You will then need to submit a photograph of your final creation along with your name, year group and the name of your school.
Making contact, showing interest, giving your time, listening to someone elderly, are all great gifts to give. By connecting with someone who may be lonely, who may have dementia, or may at times seem invisible to the outside world not only helps them but, in turn, makes us feel good about ourselves.
So by taking part, you can:
- Help to find ways in which we can all support people living with dementia
- Help reduce stigma around dementia, and encourage positive attitude about dementia
Prizes for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 pupils.
Please submit your entries, via your school, entitling your email Open Mic to firstname.lastname@example.org
- your name,
- your school/college name
- your year group/course you are doing
Closing date is Monday 6th June 2022
Click here to view and download the competition poster.
Click here to find our primary lesson resources on dementia awareness and understanding.
Click here to find our Intergenerational Project resource for secondary pupils, and the link to the film created within Gloucestershire, I’m Still Here, to help raise awareness and understanding.
We are looking forward to you taking on the Open Mics challenge…
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