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Dementia Network

Over the years Christians on Ageing has developed a particular concern for the pastoral and spiritual care of persons with dementia. Our current ‘Dementia Network’  began life as the ‘Dementia Working Group’, set up to administer a special project based in Newcastle with a paid worker (Lorraine Moffat) from which publications flowed, a national conference was held, and an award-winning video/DVD (Is Anyone There?) produced.

When this project ended the working group transformed into the ‘Dementia Group’, holding twice yearly meetings in York which enabled professionals in the field, members of faith groups and others to confer together. On behalf of Christians on Ageing the Group made strong representations in regard both to the government’s proposed Dementia Strategy for England and The Nuffield Council on Bio-ethics’ enquiry into the ethical, legal and social issues surrounding dementia.

The decision to cease to hold regular meetings and become a more widely available ‘Network’ was made in 2012. Networking continues via our twice-yearly Dementia Newsletter which has been published continuously since 1992. The newsletter, which is available free by email attachment to anyone interested, seeks to do the following:

  • Keep readers up-to-date on media coverage of dementia and research advances.
  • Review the most significant books in an expanding publications field.
  • Encourage attendance at relevant conferences and seminars such as the 5th International Conference on Spirituality and Ageing held in Edinburgh in July 2013 in which Christians on Ageing was involved.
  • Facilitate connections amongst readers, recent examples being the use of ‘Godly play’ with people with dementia and the fostering of dementia-friendly churches which is leading to a growing number of conferences and seminars around the country.

You can view the most recent here DemNews 49 May 2017 A5.

The Network has built significant working links with other organisations majoring on dementia such as Methodist Homes (MHA), Faith in Older People (Edinburgh) and Faith in Elderly People (Leeds).

The Chair of the Network is Rev. Dr Margaret Goodall  (Margaret.Goodall@mha.org.uk).  The Secretary is Rev. Dr Albert Jewell (ajj633@btinternet.com)

You will find further information about the work of Christians on Ageing for those affected by dementia by linking to the page describing our Newsletter.

If you would like to join the Network please contact Albert Jewell by e-mail or write to The Honorary Secretary, Christians on Ageing, Stoneway,  Hornby Road, Appleton Wiske, Northallerton DL6 2AF

 

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