In July, the Lewisham Dementia Support Hub supported Vesna Okaikoi and Eurel Milne, to share their experiences as women living with dementia at Speaking from the Heart, a women-only event hosted by Jane Garvey (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Fortunately podcast). The event was set up by the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) which is a network linking dementia peer support groups all over the UK.
The gathering included 14 women living with dementia, who spoke openly about specific issues facing women living with dementia. Dementia is the leading cause of death among British women and women are more likely than men to be carers of a loved one with dementia or be part of the care workforce.
The event touched on issues such as:
- retaining femininity
- respect in the workplace
- role as a mother
- changes to family relationships
- living alone and concerns about safety.
Eurel said of the event,
“I really appreciated being chosen to attend the Women Living with Dementia event. I enjoyed learning of their different experiences, and how they cope, also what different groups are doing in their areas.”
“It was very important to meet with other women and I felt I could speak openly about my experiences.”
We are proud to announce the launch of the Lewisham Dementia Support Hub for people diagnosed with dementia and their carers.
The Lewisham Dementia Support hub is a local partnership consisting of MindCare Dementia Support (part of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind), Sydenham Garden, Carers Lewisham and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
The Lewisham Dementia Support Hub will provide a range of dementia support services including:
- personalised support planning for individuals
- individual support and workshops for carers
- horticulture, arts and reminiscence groups
- support for the Dementia Action Alliance and making Lewisham a more dementia friendly borough.
Ben Taylor, Chief Executive of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind, said,
“The Lewisham Dementia Support Hub will make a great positive difference to people diagnosed with dementia and their carers and will draw upon the skills and expertise of established local organisations working together to provide support that meets people’s needs.
The Hub will help people find and access local dementia support, make informed choices about their lives and care and meet their unique, individual needs. Much needed support will also be available for the family and friends caring for someone with dementia.
With dementia affecting more and more people, it is very important that we support people with dementia to live well as valuable members of their local community.”
The service has been jointly commissioned by Lewisham Council and Lewisham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.