What a great start for the Fabulous Forgetful Friends in 2017. We were so pleased to have our leading light, Ronnie, back with us and we made plans for what we hope to tackle and achieve this year.
We are keen that the group offers a mix of activism, peer support, and socialising. (Life’s too short not to have some fun!)
However there is still so much work to be done to change attitudes, educate the public and professionals, and get better services for people living with dementia.
So we want to offer talks and training to any professional or social group – from school children, nursing students, housing staff, and GP practice staff.
We want to influence GPs to take social prescribing more seriously, finding out what services they can signpost their patients to – and encouraging them to try the groups.
We want to give our views about how the Memory Clinic experience can be improved and made a more positive, helpful experience
We want to improve the hospital experience for people with dementia who go into hospital for another medical condition
We want to improve provision in Manchester for younger people with dementia including appropriate respite care
We want to improve transport provision to enable us to safely get out more
We will invite members of the new Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust to come and talk with us and also the movers and shakers behind Dementia United.
However, we are still keen to have new members and any other supporters who would like to help us take forward this work. We are always looking for financial support, hands-on help or invitations to speak to groups.
Please get in touch with our Co-ordinator, Sally, if you can help us in any way.