June in year 2016

GAP: Global Action on Personhood

GAP (Global Action on Personhood) in Dementia is an informal international network of expert practitioners, researchers, educators, people living with dementia and family care-givers who have in-depth understanding of person-centred approaches to care world-wide.

The aim of GAP is to promote the fact that personhood matters in dementia and that unless action is taken then the psychological, emotional and social needs of people living with dementia are unmet. There is a lot of knowledge about how to provide skilled care, support and assistance but there is a disconnect to this getting into practice.

A GAP information leaflet


Celebrating Brian's Life

Brian went into hospital for three weeks followed by three weeks at the very special Sue Ryder Hospice at Leckhampton in Gloucestershire.
He passed away peacefully at 9.10am on Monday, 22 July. Both Brian and June support the Dementia Brain Bank being run by Bristol University at Frenchay Hospital so both became donors for research purposes.'

Brian's funeral will be at 11am at Gloucester Crematorium on Friday 2 August followed by a Celebration of Brian's Life with a hot meal at Stonehouse Court Hotel from approx 12.15 until 4pm.

Brian & June

Valentines, snowdrops and daffodils 2013

Embracing Dementia!
The charity Dementia Adventure organised an event at Newark Park NT on Valentine's Day to celebrate the love we have for each other and the love we have for our Dementia Adventure family. Very special thanks to the 3 couples who took part, Tony Vale for organising it, and the staff and volunteers at Newark Park in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, for making the day so special for our guests. The local U3A wrote poems, flowers were given, the couples enjoyed refreshments and the warm fires inside the house as well as the snowdrops in the grounds outside - and the sun shone! Thank you to Suzy Webster for taking the photos too, like the lovely one...

When daffodils greet each new Spring’s dawn
and birds awake to charm each morn
I celebrate with unreserved cheer
dementia or not, I’m still here.

A sea of yellow and white and cream
Prevents my mood from being so mean.
Trumpets scanning the sky so high
bring a tear to this elderly, fading eye.

Breezes sway blooms into waves of delight
attracting brave insects away from their flights
and my smile remembers what my memory lacks
that with Dementia Adventure my life’s still on track.

Webinar 6th February 2013 3pm: The Right Care - Dementia Top tips

Dementia affects 820,000 people in the UK. The Dementia Action Alliance, in partnership with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, launched a Call to Action for the improvement of care for people with dementia in Acute Hospitals. To support this, we are running a webinar series 'improving the health and social care for people with dementia'.

From a passionate perspective of 'been there, done that and got the T-shirts', June and Brian Hennell have inspired many. This webinar will cover:
- Moving on from diagnosis, focusing what you can do and the limitations.
- Dual diagnosis... when meds for one condition are negated by the treatment for a second.
- How creating dementia friendly communities does not require money being thrown at the problem... just understanding and small adjustments.


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