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New Services For People Affected By Dementia In Dorset

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10:34am 27th June 2012

People with dementia and their carers will soon be able to benefit from six new support services in Dorset provided by the Alzheimer's Society.

They include a Memory Café in Dorchester and a singing for the brain workshop in Weymouth.

They'll be open to people diagnosed with any form of dementia and their careers and will be launched in July.

Jo Malyon, Support Services Manager for Alzheimer's Society, said:

'We are delighted to launch these new services for local people living with dementia. There are 13,573 people living with dementia in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth. We recognise that providing services is vital to help people live well with dementia. These services can be a real lifeline to people with dementia and their carers and provide the opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation, share experiences, find out more information but importantly to also have fun!'

Singing for the Brain® is a popular social activity for people who are living with dementia, their family and carers. The activity is designed to promote confidence and enhance the well being of those affected by dementia. Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle movement and support the group to sing along to old (and new) favourites, either unaccompanied or sometimes using musical instruments.

Memory Cafés provide access to information and support for people affected by memory problems in a friendly and social environment. In addition to support and information, the cafés will offer activities such as pamper sessions and talks from external organisations and speakers. An Alzheimer's Society Dementia Support Worker will also be accessible.

Dorchester Memory Café, Dorchester Community Church, Acland Road, alternate Thursdays, 10.30am-12noon (this will alternate with an existing Singing for the Brain® group).

Weymouth Singing for the Brain®, Salvation Army Hall, Westham Road, alternate Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm (this will alternate with an existing Memory Café).

If you have dementia or care for someone with dementia and would like to attend either of these services, or if you are interested in volunteering opportunities please contact Jo Malyon on 01202 716393 or

-  One in three people over 65 will die with dementia
-  Alzheimer's Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer's disease. In just 15 years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
-  There are 8,251 people living with dementia in Dorset PCT and 5,322 the Bournemouth and Poole
-  Alzheimer's Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
-  Alzheimer's Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
-  Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting  
-  Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0845 300 0336 or visit

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