Devon has an ageing population, and some of the highest rates of dementia in the country. We have a dedicated Memory Loss Support Worker and a Reminiscence Co-ordinator who support people who have been diagnosed with dementia, or are awaiting diagnosis.
Our Memory Café in Dawlish is on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 2pm-4pm at Dawlish Methodist Church Hall.
Our Memory Café in Teignmouth is held weekly at The Alice Cross Centre on Thursdays from 10am-12pm. On the third Thursday of the month, we host a Music for Memories session. Lunches are served afterwards at the centre.
Our Reminiscence Sessions are held at local care homes and hospitals and are not currently open to the general public.
Volunteering in Health are working in conjunction with Purple Angel to increase awareness of dementia in Teignmouth and Dawlish, by educating businesses so that they can provide a welcoming environment for people with dementia.
Statistics from the Alzheimer’s Society:
By 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK.
Two thirds of people with dementia are women.
One in six people aged 80 and over have dementia.
60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia.
The financial cost of dementia to the UK is £26 billion per annum.
There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK.
Family carers of people with dementia save the UK £11 billion a year.
Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home.