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Dancing through Dementia Action Week
Dancing through Dementia Action Week
MUSIC , dancing and top-class entertainment were the essential ingredients when Athena Healthcare Northwest Community Activity Hub came together with Studio 10 Dance and Drama College (Bootle) and British Ballroom and Latin Junior Dance Champions, to enjoy an afternoon together at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport this week.  
The enjoyment of music and dancing for all, and especially those who live with dementia, has long been promoted to ensure emotional and physical wellbeing.  
It was apt then that during Dementia Action Week the ''Let's Get Loud' event was held, bringing Athena Care Home residents, the Promenade Care Home and the local community together to enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment.  
Dancing demonstrations from the Under 12 British Champions in Latin and Ballroom, Francis and Olivia, gave those who were once light on the feet, had music and dancing as a regular social activity, an opportunity to reminisce.  
Head of business development for Athena Healthcare, Alison Foreman, said: 'It was a wonderful, uplifting and enjoyable event for everyone who attended. Our residents gain so much from being active and a live music and dancing event has to be the best way of bringing residents, families, talented young dancers and the wider community together.'

Wallpaper Murals Recreate a Historic City Centre Inside a New Care Home
Wallpaper Murals Recreate a Historic City Centre Inside a New Care Home
Tanglewood Care Homes have recently opened their new flagship Cloverleaf Care Home in Lincoln. Naturally impressed by the quality of the furnishings and dècor throughout the home, one is nevertheless amazed to exit the lift on the second floor and step straight into the historic city-centre of Lincoln - all made possible with wallpaper murals.  
Care Home Murals was commissioned to provide the wallpapers for this lobby area. The firm, who specialise in designing wallpaper murals for care homes, have recreated the iconic Bailgate shopping street in a clever way that is instantly recognisable to both residents and visitors.  
Tracy Ann Shelbourn, Tanglewood Care Homes Founder & CEO said 'We have six care homes in Lincolnshire, and each one has its own identity and personality. We have worked with Care Home Murals before and I knew Michael, their designer, would jump at the chance to create something special for us at Cloverleaf. Cloverleaf's Bailgate-themed area is our tribute to a forward-thinking city steeped in history.'  
The result is quite astonishing. The murals, all carefully designed down to the smallest detail, provide just the right amount of visual impact in a balanced and meaningful way for the residents. With the complementary furnishings, the lobby is a familiar, welcoming, peaceful yet fascinating environment in which to sit quietly or chat with friends outside the Cafè with a cup of tea.  
Michael Potter, Care Home Murals design director, comments 'As muralists, creating wall imagery that 'works' for the intended space and purpose is what we do. Every job is different and we relish opportunities, such as a

Company urges public to 'Care About Dementia'
Company urges public to 'Care About Dementia'
A HOMECARE company has launched a campaign to raise awareness of dementia to thousands of people UK wide. 
'Care About Dementia' is Home Instead Senior Care's campaign kicking off during the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Action Week in May. As part of the week, which runs from May 20 to May 26, Home Instead CAREGivers will be sharing caring advice and tips to help people with dementia to live well. 
The campaign is just one of the steps the home care company takes to raise awareness of dementia, a disease affecting more than 850,000 people in the UK. 
In the last year, more than 1,100 Home Instead CAREGivers have been trained in City & Guilds accredited dementia awareness. 
Martin Jones, managing director of Home Instead Senior said: 'Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia and so we all have a reason to take action and learn more about it. Care About Dementia is all about sharing information and useful information with the public if they are caring for a family member, friend or relative with dementia. 
'With so many of our elderly clients affected by dementia, our CAREGivers are passionate about helping them to live well and have so much advice to share. The more we talk about dementia, the more we can all learn how to help people living with it.' 
Searching for the hashtag #CareAboutDementia on social media, people will be able to view useful advice and tips on social media.

Interactive Dementia Experiences at The Alzheimer's Show 2019
Interactive Dementia Experiences at The Alzheimer's Show 2019
Two interactive dementia experiences will feature at The Alzheimer's Show 7-8 June 2019 at Olympia London. Training2Care's Virtual Dementia Tour, the closest a person with a healthy brain can experience what dementia might be like, will appear along with Alzheimer's Research UK's virtual reality app, A Walk Through Dementia. The app was guided by people living with dementia for a better understanding of some of the symptoms they live with. Both features are valuable sources of information and training for care professionals and family carers and are free to take part in. 
The two-day conference and exhibition will host an extensive speaker programme with leading industry experts, professionals, family carers and people living with dementia, practical activity workshops, professional advice clinics and leading dementia and care exhibitors.  
For further information and to book tickets visit www.alzheimersshow.co.uk. One-day tickets cost £15 online and £20 on the door.

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