Guest Blog – Gina Awad from the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

Guest Blog – Gina Awad from the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

This week our blog is brought to you by Gina Awad who leads the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) which is a voluntary community group that is aspiring to educate local organisations in the city about dementia. The alliance will enable a better understanding of the condition empowering those living with dementia and recognise the invaluable contribution of their families.

Gina is proud to share some of the work the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance as they have been busy behind the scenes creating lasting partnerships in the city.

One which stands out as making an invaluable difference socially for people living with dementia and their families is the Exeter Picturehouse.  This comes first hand from attendees of the three Dementia Friendly Screenings at the cinema in the past few months. The partnership was launched during Dementia Awareness week in May with over 90 attending the first screening. It is now a regular addition to the Picturehouse programme as well as a super trip out for people living with dementia in the community. Those attending have included members of local groups such as The Mede, Age UK, Memory Cafes and a number of Care homes in the area such as Parkland House. All of which are our committed members aspiring to challenge perceptions around dementia and make a lasting difference.

A high percentage of people living with dementia have explained how they can feel isolated and lonely and we believe meaningful engagement, support and compassion all make a significant difference to their wellbeing.

Exeter Picturehouse have been both inspired and moved by the screening response and hub of activity that has accompanied each one.

I personally attended the screenings of the “Calamity Jane Singalong” and “Some Like it Hot” which featured on a Wednesday morning. To witness and partake in the event was both heartening and affirming.

Carers attend free and tickets are just £4 including complimentary tea and coffee during the 20 minute interval. Low lighting, audio adaptions and toilet signage all add to the experience, offering personal comfort. “Nothing is too much trouble for the staff” said one attendee,  “the best morning out in such a long time” said another.

Here are some of the attendees, I think the picture reveals a good time out had by all …

guests-attending-exeter-picturehouse

The next Dementia Friendly screening is at 11am on Wednesday 14th September and will be “Passport to Pimlico”  For booking visit:

https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Exeter_Picturehouse/film/passport-to-pimlico

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