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January 28th, 2021
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Welcome to Dementia Matters HerefordshireHere we are then! The new style Dementia Matters Herefordshire fortnightly newsletter, keeping you in touch with your community. We are all about supporting dementia friendly communities in Herefordshire and helping to reduce stigma.Email us to newsletters@dementiamattershere.org.ukKeep in touch with us and send in your thoughts, ideas and news!
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Leominster Meeting CentreLeominster Meeting Centre is about helping people and their families adjust to living with dementia by offering exercise, educational sessions, one-to-one meetings with support workers and advisers, as well as therapeutic activities and having FUN!Help us support people affected by dementia to live well in the community.Find us at the The Old Priory (behind the Priory Church), Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8EQ – We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 am to 3pm. Call us on 01568 368 180 Email us on leominstermeetingcentre@gmail.com
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Scam alert!Particularly with the current Covid situation, there seem to be a lot of scams doing the rounds. Everything from getting a Covid vaccination to TV licence refunds, so please be alert.Doing the rounds at the moment, in particular, are scams via phonecalls and email, about booking a Covid vaccination. To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.The vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. You will not be asked to pay for the vaccineThe NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank detailsWe are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccineIf you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
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Recipe time! Waldorf SaladRecipes seem to have become a popular part of the newsletter, so I’m thankful to Susan Rickarby for sending in her recipe for Waldorf Salad. Made famous of course (for those of you who used to watch it) by Basil (John Cleese) in Fawlty Towers! I’m sure Susan’s recipe is much better!! (Taken from the Waldorf Astoria in New York) Ingredients for two: 2 red apples2 sticks of celery Handful of raisins Handful of chopped walnutsLarge chunk of Stilton cheese Mayonnaise to taste (approx 2 heaped desert spoons)  Core and chop apples leaving skin onChop celeryMix apples and celery into mayonnaise Stir in raisins and walnutsCrumble Stilton on top Tips from Sue: The above is the actual recipe however I do play around with ingredients and quantities. Eg for 4 people I add extra celery but instead of extra apple I throw in black grapes instead. – so 2 apples, 4 celery sticks, handful black grapes, handful raisins, large handful walnuts and extra Stilton. Adjust quantity of mayonnaise to suit.We eat it with crusty bread or toast and on a sunny day especially good in the garden with a glass of white wine!Contributor: Susan Rickarby
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Quick quiz!How much do you know about January?

Who added the month of January to the calendar?
a/ Romans
b/ Greeks
c/ Chinese

How many days had January when it was first added to the calendar?
a/ 30
b/ 31
c/ 32

What flower is the symbol of January?
a/ Primula
b/ Crocus
c/ Snowdrop

What is January’s gem?
a/ Garnet
b/ Diamond
c/ Agate

Who said ‘The blast of January would blow you through and through’?
a/ Shakespeare
b/ Tennyson
c/ J.K. RowlingContributor: Susan Rickarby
Staying safe with Covid – advice for carers and those living with dementia Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.

For example, people with Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. In addition, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.

As communities and care services begin reopening, it is important for caregivers to consider the risks and take additional safety precautions for people living with dementia. Tips for dementia caregivers at homeCaregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and all other dementia should follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and consider the following tips:- For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice. – – – Unless the person is having difficulty breathing or a very high fever, it is recommended that you call your health care provider instead of going directly to an emergency room. Your doctor may be able to treat the person without a visit to the hospital. – People living with dementia may need extra and/or written reminders and support to remember important hygienic practices from one day to the next.- Consider placing signs in the bathroom and elsewhere to remind people with dementia to wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds. – Demonstrate thorough hand-washing. – Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be a quick alternative to hand-washing if the person with dementia cannot get to a sink or wash his/her hands easily.- Ask your pharmacist or doctor about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy. – Think ahead and make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult day care, respite, etc. be modified or cancelled in response to COVID-19.- Think ahead and make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.Tips for supporting persons with dementia who receive home-based servicesIf you currently receive or plan to receive services from a paid health care professional in your home:- Contact the home health care provider and ask them to explain their protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19.- Check the home health care professional’s temperature before they enter your home. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4° F should be excluded from providing care.- Ask the health care professional if they have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive and if so, do not allow them into your home.- Ensure that the health care professional washes their hands upon arrival and regularly throughout their time in your home.- Ask the health care professional to wear a mask.- Be aware that bringing anyone into your home increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, even if CDC guidance is followed.Tips for supporting persons with dementia who live in long-term care or residential care settingsThe CDC has provided guidance on infection control and prevention of COVID-19 in nursing homes. This guidance is for the health and safety of residents. Precautions may vary based on local situations. – Check with the facility regarding their procedures for managing COVID-19 risk. Ensure they have your emergency contact information and the information of another family member or friend as a backup.- Do not visit your family member if you have any signs or symptoms of illness. – Depending on the situation in your local area, facilities may limit or not allow visitors. This is to protect the residents but it can be difficult if you are unable to see your family member. – If visitation is not allowed, ask the facility how you can have contact with your family member. Options include telephone calls, video chats or even emails to check in. – If your family member is unable to engage in calls or video chats, ask the facility how you can keep in touch with facility staff in order to get updates.​
Above all, stay safe, keep a watch for government guidelines, and lets get through this together!
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Clare Powney Community Development ManagerEmail Image
Who are the people behind Dementia Matters Herefordshire? Here’s your chance to find out a bit more about some of the people who work for the charity and are here to support you,Getting to know us.Clare has had a varied career working in local government, as a company owner and director, educator and most recently as Herefordshire Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society. Clare worked for the Society for eight years starting out as a trained dementia advisor and has built up a good understanding of the local needs of people living with dementia. She is currently working as a consultant in the sector. Clare has had personal experience of caring for someone with dementia and is passionate about developing great support across Herefordshire for both people with a diagnosis and carers. She is also a trustee of Leominster Meeting Centre. Find out a few things about Clare below!
Where were you born?  Purley, Surrey           What is your earliest memory? Being taken to Leicester Square to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the day it was released and being brought a model of the car.Favourite colour? BlueWhich country would you most like to visit? New Zealand because I had a great uncle who lived there and I used to see all of his photos growing up and loved the descriptions he used to give when they visited.Describe yourself in 3 words: Hardworking/Empathetic/SincereWho is the most famous person you have met? I’ve met a few – possibly David Essex or Orlando Bloom What is your favourite TV programme? Gardener’s WorldWhat was the first record you bought?Sugar Sugar by The ArchiesFavourite food? anything ItalianFunniest moment? Too many to single out one in particularIf you could have a new career, what would it be? The same as the one I have now.Favourite book ? Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Quiz questions – the answers 1. The Romans2. 303. Snowdrop4. Garnet5. Shakespeare – from A winter’s tale Article Image

Thanks for reading the newsletter – hopefully you have enjoyed reading it and it has been invormative. If you have any thoughts or ideas, or contributions, please email them to me, David Pearson – newsletters@dementiamattershere.org.uk

Take care, and above all keep safe and well!

Best wishes

David

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