A "Living Well with Dementia" event at the Guildhall was "extremely well attended".

Salisbury Area Dementia Networking Group ran the event last week to share information and support about dementia.

Supported by Salisbury City Council, the Living Well with Dementia event was run on Tuesday, May 21 by businesses, the charity sector, healthcare professionals and the community. 

Many people came because they were either living with a diagnosis of dementia, had concerns that it might be developing or were caring for someone living with the disease.

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The event brought healthcare professionals and local organisations together, with distinct information areas covering forms and funding, care and support, healthcare and activities in the community - providing an opportunity for people to get the signposting they needed.

Salisbury Journal: The Living Well with Dementia event took place at the Guildhall

The centrepiece of the event was the “brain dome”, provided by the Explorer Dome company, which offered repeated one-hour sessions inside an inflated dome, providing an understanding of how the brain works and how it sometimes fails.

One healthcare professional wrote on the day: “I just wanted to thank you for putting on the dementia event yesterday it was brilliant.  I was only able to stay an hour but was lucky enough to experience the training on the brain/dementia - it was fantastic.  My only regret is that I couldn’t stay for the talks.  I will next time.”

Salisbury Journal: The Living Well with Dementia event took place at the Guildhall

Silver Salisbury provided cakes and hot drinks throughout the day and visitors were also able to attend discussions and talks in the adjacent room, including a Move and Make Music session with Sounds Better and presentations by Alzheimer’s Support Wiltshire and the new carer’s consortium led by Age UK Wiltshire. 

Organisers also wanted to thank Elizabeth Bartlett who started the day with a "moving" discussion, to Sandy Woodbridge from Salisbury District Hospital and Alison Tyrer from Fountain Way Memory Clinic.

If anyone is still interested in making contact with the Salisbury Area Dementia Networking Group, you can write to Jane Ebel at musecic@gmail.com