NEWS: Glasgow’s Golden Generation to become dementia friendly

24 June 2019

Families living with dementia in the East End of Glasgow will benefit from a programme of local community activities thanks to a funding award of £35,000.

Glasgow's Golden Generation aims to support older adults to address loneliness and isolation, allowing them to live independently and actively for as long as possible.  This funding, from the Life Changes Trust, will ensure that people living with dementia will also feel welcomed in their community, and are able to stay engaged with community activities and their peers for as long as possible. Glasgow’s Golden Generation estimate that up to 80% of those people who use their services are living with some form of dementia.

This new project will build on established activities, but will ensure that they become dementia inclusive, for example their walking group or tea dances. They will also introduce a variety of other activities, based on what people affected by dementia have told them they want to do. Such activities will include:

  • the introduction of Therapet(s)
  • alternative therapies such as Tai Chi and Reiki
  • reminiscence in the form of art, crafts, dancing and drama groups
  • visits to local museums and landmarks
  • gardening
  • carpet bowls

Arlene Crockett, Director of the Life Changes Trust dementia programme said, “A diagnosis of dementia can lead to social exclusion and isolation, even in cities as friendly as Glasgow. Communities that are dementia friendly can help prevent this by providing ways to keep people included and supported. The aim of this funding is to bring awareness about dementia across Glasgow and give people with dementia and carers opportunities that help them to thrive.”

The funding award is one of six Dementia Friendly Communities development awards made by the Life Changes Trust, with a funding total of £194,000. The funding will help improve the physical and mental well-being of people living with dementia – and their families - by supporting projects that increase their participation in stimulating and social activities. The six organisations to receive funding are:

  • Glasgow’s Golden Generation, Glasgow
  • Shopper-Aide, Kintyre
  • Badenoch Shinty Memories Group, Highland
  • Dementia Friendly Newmains Community Trust, North Lanarkshire
  • Partnerships for Wellbeing, Highland
  • St Andrew’s Church of Scotland Carluke, South Lanarkshire

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