Dementia is a common condition that is commonly misunderstood. Stigma and fear can lead to people losing confidence to do the things they’ve always done, and consequently becoming socially isolated. Dementia Friendly Leeds took a creative approach to overcoming some of the misunderstandings.
So during Dementia Awareness Week 2017 they held a pop up choir to surprise shoppers in St Johns Shopping Centre, and raise positive awareness of dementia. Sarah Goodyear, Leeds Older People’s Forum Dementia Friendly Worker, tells us what went on. Continue reading
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Did you know 30 July was World Friendship Day? Many of us consider ourselves a friend to someone or many people infact, but have you ever stopped to consider what friendship truly is? Or how you could be doing more as a friend? If you were aware that it was World Friendship Day last week, what did you do celebrate? Mollie Robinson, Communications Assistant, Leeds City Council, tells us what she did.
Alcohol–now there is a tricky word to open with, and for some people, it could be one of the most difficult conversations they will ever have.
Contrary to popular belief, the UK’s real booze problem does not involve inebriated youths binge-drinking at weekends. Instead, it lies with the less visibly drunken mature adults who regularly knock back more than is good for them behind closed doors.
When 1 in 5 people aged over 50 think that the majority of people with alcohol problems cannot recover, and almost half of those think that people with alcohol problems have themselves to blame, how do we talk about how much alcohol we or others are drinking without bringing up a subject that for many is still shrouded in shame? After all, aren’t people entitled to make their own choices? Sian Johnson, Royal Voluntary Service Manager discusses this thorny issue and what you can do about it. Continue reading
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