Anyone in Brighton & Hove affected by dementia can now access support via Ageing Well to find ways to increase their overall wellbeing. Through the Ageing Well’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) telephone service, people living with dementia and those caring for them, can now find out what organisations and activities in the city best meet their needs and preferences.

There are over 1800 people diagnosed with dementia living in the city and there may be many more undiagnosed or displaying symptoms. During the pandemic, many people have had to self-isolate, reducing opportunities for close family and friends to notice changes in behaviour of people unknowingly living with dementia. Now they can contact Ageing Well’s service to find the necessary pathways involved in getting a diagnosis facilitated by our close partnership with HERE Memory Assessment Service.

People in the early stages of dementia can contact Ageing Well who have developed innovative ways of delivering services, providing much needed social support and activities to some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in the city.

Depending on the personal needs and wishes of the individual, Ageing Well services will signpost people to dementia friendly services and activities. Activities include gardening and cookery courses, music and singing sessions, befriending services and peer support group sessions. Ageing Well continues to offer the dementia focused weekly activities and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy courses will soon be offered. There will also be opportunity to enjoy music sessions led by new partner, Open Strings Music.

“Our collaborative working model under Ageing Well enables us to provide a range of options to choose from, whether that be social activities, peer support or more therapeutic based options. Providing interventions at an early stage of someone’s journey with dementia can have hugely positive outcomes for their overall health, promoting better health for longer. We are delighted to offer this extension of services and are striving for all services under Ageing Well to be inclusive of people living with dementia.” says Caroline Ridley, CEO of Impact Initiatives

Ageing Well

Led by Impact Initiatives and funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and NHS Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, Ageing Well is a partnership service involving ten organisations: Age UK West Sussex and Brighton & Hove; Brighton & Hove Food Partnership; Brighton Women’s Centre, The Trust for Developing Communities, Open Strings Music, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard, Time to Talk Befriending, Together Co, Hangleton & Knoll Project and Impact Initiatives.

For more information please contact 07770 061072 or email ageingwellbh@impact-initiatives.org.uk

Visit the Ageing Well website: www.ageingwellbh.org