For a person living with dementia visiting the theatre can be a challenging experience or even too much. At the West Yorkshire Playhouse staff and people living with dementia have worked together to remove the barriers that could stop someone with dementia coming to see a show.
Maggie Graham, Dementia Friendly Leeds Campaign Manager, went to the West Yorkshire Playhouse recently for a special dementia friendly performance of Beryl – a play about the Leeds-born female cycling champion from the 1950s. Continue reading
Posted in Dementia, Independence, Integration, older people
Tagged Age Friendly, dementia, dignity, health and wellbeing, independent living, mental health, Older People, Support
In response to the rapidly increasing ageing population, four European countries, including the United Kingdom joined together to develop the European Cinema for Active Ageing or CINAGE. This project offers a new approach to learning for active ageing through the media of film.
Active ageing looks for ways to improve quality of life as people age: through healthy activities, getting involved in their community and feeling secure. Being actively engaged in activities is associated with reinforced memory function, decreased depression and increased life satisfaction.
Carole Clark, Ageing Well Officer at Leeds City Council talked to David Turner, UK CINAGE Project Co-ordinator from the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, to find out about an exciting Conference and Film Festival taking place on 17 and 18 July to celebrate CINAGE. Continue reading
BEYOND launch party June 2015 Photo credit: D4, Pyramid of Arts
As part of this year’s Learning Disabilities Week, Holy Trinity Church hosted the launch party of BEYOND, a brand new arts festival coming to Leeds in June 2016. BEYOND will celebrate the work of artists, performers and musicians with learning disabilities and aims to bring new textures and dimensions to a body of work you might normally see exhibited in Leeds.
Posted in Achievement, Choice, Health and Wellbeing, Information, Learning disablity, Mental Health, Uncategorized, Working together
Tagged Arts, celebration, choice, collaboration, collaborative working, community spirit, Festivals, independent living, learning disabilities, learning disability, stories
George enjoys a cup of tea
As usual talking about the weather seems to be a hot topic at the moment and at the slightest hint of sunshine we worry about sun tans and the appropriate SPF factor cream – but is that the only health issue to worry about when the summer finally arrives? Warmer weather increases water loss, and dehydration affects us all regardless of age but older people and anyone dependent on others for help in getting fluids especially are at a greater risk from dehydration. This week, 22- 26 June, is Leeds Hydration Week.
Richard Porter, Health Improvement Specialist (Older People) and Chair of the Older People Matters Food Group tells us more about keeping properly hydrated. Continue reading
Posted in Active ageing, Age Friendly, Carers, Choice, Community Meals, Health and Wellbeing, Independence, Information, Nutrition, older people
Tagged Age Friendly, awareness, carers, choice, dignity, health and wellbeing, independent living, Older People