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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool is organising a “Dementia-Friendly Church” Conference on Friday 19th May, during Dementia Awareness Week. The Conference is from 10am-4pm at the LACE Conference Centre, L17 1AA.  More details, including how to book, can be found here http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/userfiles/files/PFM/Becoming%20a%20Dementia%20Friendly%20Church%202017.pdf

 

14th-20th May 2017 is Dementia Awareness Week https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20167/dementia_awareness_week and you might not be able to organise a Conference, but you could help your Church members learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia by holding a Dementia Friends session.  The session lasts about 45 minutes, is upbeat and helps people think about how they turn understanding into action.  You can contact your local Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends team at dementiafriends@alzheimers.org.uk of call their helpline on 0300 222 1122 and ask if they can organise a Champion to come and run a session for you.

 

Have you heard of Fresh Expressions? Fresh Expressions works with Christians from a broad range of denominations and traditions and seeks to transform communities and individuals through championing, resourcing and multiplying new ways of being church. There are some great examples of creating fresh expressions amongst older people, particularly, but not exclusively, those who live in sheltered housing accommodation here https://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/guide/examples/older . You will also find some really helpful practical resources listed on this area of the Fresh Expressions website. Fresh Expressions for older people is called “Neither Young Nor Old” (NYNO).  The title was inspired by Galatians 3.28, ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for all are one in Christ Jesus’. In Christ Jesus there is also neither young nor old.

 

SAVE THE DATE – 7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality:

“Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Aging Through Spirituality”.  Hosted by Concordia University Chicago’s, Center for Gerontology. June 4-7, 2017 in River Forest, IL at Concordia University Chicago

 

Dementia Without Walls

A continuing project to assist those working with people suffering from dementia.  The original project was supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which continues to support this work.

Go to http://dementiawithoutwalls.org.uk/ for more information including videos, news and links to interesting practice.

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Ageing Issues Study Network

Christians on Ageing launched a new Network in September 2015.  The idea is simple: to bring together people who have an academic, practical and pastoral experience of issues concerning age and ageing – and to allow the conversation to flow, and ideas to be exchanged. It is not intended to pursue research just from an academic aspect but to confront important issues more broadly, to reflect on them, and to propose ideas for implementation or further study. The new Network will follow the pattern established by our Dementia Network which involves over 250 people, from a wide variety of backgrounds, in the exchange of information and good practice on issues of interest to dementia sufferers and their carers. An initial consultation has started with people who have expressed an interest.  If you would like to be part of the Network please send an e-mail to info@ccoa.org.uk or any of the contacts listed on our website.

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 Training

Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling FK9 4LA

run numerous training course in Stirling and in various locations around the UK.

For current information please go to

01786 467740 ; dementia@stir.ac.uk ; www.dementia.stir.ac.uk.

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