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Arlene Phillips

Nathan talks to the former Strictly Judge & TV personality about her experience with Dementia. Arlene's father showed early signs of the disease in the late 80's, and she struggled to cope with caring for him;

 

Arlene was joined by Bupa's Head of Dementia Care, Professor Graham Stokes

Arlene Phillips

Nathan talks to the former Strictly Judge & TV personality about her experience with Dementia. Arlene's father showed early signs of the disease in the late 80's, and she struggled to cope with caring for him;

 

Arlene was joined by Bupa's Head of Dementia Care, Professor Graham Stokes

MONDAY

We looked generally at the great work the Alzheimer's Society do.


Listen to Emma Hill's report below:

 

TUESDAY

We heard about what a difference close friends can make to those living with the disease.

Here's Emma's report:

 

WEDNESDAY

We talked to a carer about how her  husband's diagnosis has changed their lives.

Listen to Emma's report:

 

THURSDAY

We hear from a Doctor about how a healthy lifestyle could avoid dementia and medical breakthroughs.

Emma's report:

 

FRIDAY

One of the services from the Alzheimer's Society is Singing For The Brain.

Chris Maskery went to Bedgrove to join in:

 

Dementia Awareness Week

For Dementia awareness week (Monday 21st May - Sunday 27th May), Mix 96 took a slightly deeper look into the condition, the effect it has on people who suffer with it as well as the effect it has on their carers. We also looked at what help is available - here you can hear all programmes we ran everyday on Mix96.

What is dementia?

There are 6,196 people currently living with dementia in Buckinghamshire, which is set to rise to 8,953 by 2021.

The term 'dementia' is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

There are over 100 different types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia. People with dementia have particular problems with their short term memory. They consistently forget things that they have just said or done, even though they can often recall clearly events that happened many years ago. Their sense of time and place is frequently lost as the disease progresses.

They may develop problems with finding words, and it becomes increasingly difficult for them to learn new information and to do new things.

As time goes on, people with dementia are likely to need help to do even the most basic everyday tasks, including washing, dressing and eating. Eventually, people with dementia may become incontinent and sometimes there are severe behavioral and communication problems. Most people with dementia eventually require 24-hour care.

Whatever the type of dementia, the disease often goes on for many years, and often people die of something else.

Events

Drop In Centres
Every Wednesday, Fairford Leys, Aylesbury between 9am - 12noon

Carer Support Group
Aylesbury, 42 Wedgewood Street, Fairford Leys, Aylesbury, 3rd Monday of each month

Singing for the Brain
The Singing for the brain sessions are held weekly each Tuesday at the Lady of Lourdes Community Hall, Bedgrove from 10.30am - 12noon - Good singing voice not required!

Dementia Cafe - Aylesbury
The Cafe runs on the first Thursday of every month from 2pm - 4pm at the Cloisters, situated at the Church On Fairford Leys. The Cafe is open to people with dementia and their carers, family and friends. Refreshments are provided and each Cafe is attended by a guest speaker.

Dementia Cafe Buckingham - Life History Books
We meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month; between 2.30-4.30pm at Buckingham Community Centre. The theme is reminiscence and personal history, please contact Jane on 01296 331722 for more information and to confirm your attendance.

Hear more about living with Dementia;

Aylesbury resident John Rose tells MIX 96 about his experiences caring for his wife, who suffers from Dementia. He also explains what the Alzheimer's Society have done to help;

 
Emma from Alzheimer's Society talking about the work they do, why they do it and how you can get involved.

 

Sian from Alzheimer's Society talking to us about Dementia Awareness Week which takes place in May.