Dementia-friendly Exeter & SW
6 December 2016
Exeter’s Gina Awad, Lead in the city’s Dementia Action Alliance, won the Champion of the Year Award at the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-Friendly Awards 2016. RAMM reached the finals for its partnership with Franklyn Hospital, Plymouth won the city community award and Honiton won the rural community award.
Leading Exeter’s drive to make it a dementia-friendly city, RAMM has raised staff awareness and skill levels. New museum activities for people with dementia and their carers include dementia-friendly tours, behind-the-scenes visits to handle museum objects, and art activities. The next public event is a World Cultures gallery tour on Thursday 15 December.
Health and Wellbeing at RAMM
Safe and neutral, RAMM is an ideal setting for people to find a voice, learn skills and build confidence. Activities at RAMM often combine many of the five elements identified by the New Economics Foundation as crucial to wellbeing. They are: connect, be active, keep learning, take notice and give. RAMM actively seeks funding to work with partners in many fields, including mental health, services for young people and older people, and dementia care.
Dementia-friendly events at RAMM
RAMM’s Living Each Season dementia-friendly activities are suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Led by specially trained staff and designed to be enjoyable for both people with dementia and carers, each visit begins with refreshments and ends with an illustrated information sheet to take home and carry on the conversation.