It's Dementia Action Week and our Resolve members have been very busy lately raising awareness, learning and trying out new activities! 

We've recently welcomed guest speakers Karen and Maria from the Blackburn with Darwen Adult Learning Team to meet our members. They asked our Resolve members what kind of things they would like to do when they get together. The group suggested lots of things they would like to try out and learn, we've popped some of their suggestions below:

  •  Arts and crafts
  • Glass painting
  • Oil painting
  • Clay pots
  • Jewelry making
  • Papier-mâché
  • Computer skills
  • Basic Maths and English
  • Healthy living
  • Healthy diet/nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Budgeting/saving
  • Home care
  • Confidence building
  • Understanding our health and bodies
  • And how to support each other, especially someone who has dementia. 

Both ladies made lots of notes and explained that they don’t have tutors for all the subjects available on Wednesdays (when our group meets). So, we tried to be flexible and joined up with our Thursdays’ ‘Just Out There’ group to make trying some of these ideas more feasible.

All of our Resolve members that attended the session said they really enjoyed it. Lynette, the tutor at our most recent session, was very patient and helpful with the group when they asked questions. She explained the different types of dementia and showed us lots of pictures - explaining the different stages of the condition and changes in the brain. Then we played dementia bingo and Stephen Sharp was first to get a line!

Lynette gave all the members ‘Dementia Friends' posters (pictured above) which thet can show to their friends and share on social media. She also promised that our Resolve members will receive a badge in the post straight to their home address, and when they wear it, everyone will know that they are a Dementia Friend.  

We hope to do a lot more with the local Adult Learning Team. They told us about the different courses that they offer at different venues in the area. Our members explained that they feel better, more comfortable, and more confident learning together during our Resolve sessions at Care Network, and that it is easy to get to. Some of the community centres and college venues are not easy to get to especially with mobility scooters and limited vision.