Ian Hind, Regional Support Officer for the East Midlands, gives us an update on the changes made to the Dementia Friends Champions resources.
As you may be aware, we are always looking to develop the Information Session resources you use to deliver so we have a few small changes. Many of these changes have come about from input from yourselves as Champions, so it is exciting to be able to enhance these with your support.
There are some changes in wording and questioning to help get either a little more clarity or value from parts of the Information Session.These changes won’t impact on the resources you use for the Bingo/Broken sentences activities. You can find these up to date resources on your Champions dashboard.
To help, here is a summary of what has changed:
- Icebreaker – We have amended the Icebreaker activity to reassure those attending they have done nothing wrong in raising the negative language around dementia
- Bingo! – There have been a couple of small enhancements to the bingo game - the content makes it clear the game isn’t a test and that the blue boxes count in getting a full line!
- Changes to the Bingo/Broken sentences expanded statements –
- ‘Dementia is not a natural part of ageing’ – we have changed the language around younger people living with dementia, but have also put a reassuring comment in that it is rarer.
- ‘Dementia is not just about losing your memory’ – some additional clarification in the questioning that might help your audience to think of other functions of the brain
- ‘There is more to the person than the dementia’ – small change to the content about Bletchley Park to clarify the use of morse code.
- The Bookcase Analogy – a quick of additional questions have been added to the content to help your audience to reflect on what will happen to the books on the bookshelves as it starts to rock.
- Who’s Right? Activity – the slips have now been changed to refer to a 73 year old person rather than lady.
- Making a nice cup of tea Activity – changes to the second part of the questioning around functions of the brain. We have referenced back to the fairy light analogy to help the audience think about what functions of the brain are required to make a cup of tea and we have also rephrased the next question to help discuss the impact.
- Thank you and next steps – additional content has been included to help explain the Info card more clearly.
Hope you like the changes, subtle as they are. Do please ensure you are using the most up-to-date content and materials. Please feel free to contact your Regional Support Officer if you have any questions about the changes, and keep letting us know your ideas and feedback for any future updates.