This one day conference aims to provide encouragement to all those interested in supporting individuals to have more of a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. The organisers have gathered together real examples of grassroots collaborative action to inspire us and they will explore how we can work together at community level to tackle […]
We recently hosted a WebEx session on community capacity building; outlining JIT’s work, the national context and showcasing the exciting ‘Meal Makers’ project, which aims to link cooks with local people who are less able to cook meals for themselves. We recorded the session and it can be accessed below: Topic: Community Capacity Building – […]
As identified in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland (2011), early intervention is recognised as important in helping the person with dementia and their carer come to terms with the illness and gain information and advice which will assist maintaining independence for as long as possible. These standards also assert that ‘People with dementia and their carers have the right to live as independently as possible with access to recreational, leisure and cultural life in their community have the right to help to attain and maintain maximum independence, physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life.’
Dementia causes a sense of isolation and ‘detachedness’ which can be distressing and frightening. Finding ways to stimulate interests which can be shared with others, increases the feeling of involvement, gives opportunities for positive interaction and general helps the person with dementia feel more safe and secure.
The Joint Improvement Team (JIT) in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance (ALLIANCE) has looked at the context within which many local projects operate to identify key messages, to highlight good practice which can be shared and adapted to local needs and interests and to encourage models that will further tap into resilience […]
As noted in the Scottish Care Institute for Excellence – Research briefing 39: Preventing loneliness and social isolation: interventions and outcomes “Older people are particularly vulnerable to social isolation or loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. Social isolation and loneliness impact upon individuals’ quality of life and wellbeing, adversely affecting health and increasing their use of health and social care services”.
It is well known that many older people experience a general sense of ‘uselessness’ and social isolation if their family and community contacts are reduced either through bereavement or their own physical health limitations. This can in turn lead to low levels of depressions, anxiety and poor self-care, further exacerbating poor physical health and mobility.