Winning the Dementia
In 2019, our Still Me project team headed to London to proudly accept their award as the winners of the ‘Championing Diversity’ category at the DFAs!
‘Mirth and Me’ in partnership with Big Difference Company.
‘Mirth and me’ was a two week travelling project delivering light-hearted interactive comedy sessions which offered a fun way to bring back memories and engage with people affected by Dementia.
The Big Game (Dementia Friendly Sports Days)
The Big Game is our annual Dementia friendly sports day. The sports day includes: New Aged Kurling, Welly Wanging, Foam Javelin and Egg & Spoon races, trophies, medals, certificates and PRIZES for all including Best Dressed, Top Teammate & Selective Hearing Award. The event is a chance to get to know the Still Me team, meet representatives from local dementia support services and have loads of fun!
The Big Game 2017 had 49 participants take part … The Big Game 2018 had 62 participants take part … The Big Game 2019 had 74 participants take part!
In both 2017 and 2018 we held a Tea Dance for participants of our project to enjoy. Our Tea dances included lots of food, dancing and laughing!
Still Me is Two!
In November 2018 we held a birthday party to celebrate our project being two! The party, held at Alford Manor House included an afternoon tea and a band to dance away to.
As a professional, David Hampton travelled the world as an electromechanical engineer for world-leading companies. Long hours of travelling and the stress that David admits he put himself under at times may well have contributed to health issues in later life and the onset of vascular dementia, with which he is now living.
David, now 76 recalls a particular incident, during one of many long waits at airports around the globe.
“I was sitting in a large airport and had the sudden realisation that I did not have a clue what was going on around me. I was told by medical professionals afterwards that I had probably suffered one of a number of mini-strokes at that time, but of course I was not aware of that,” remembered David.
While strokes are not the only cause of vascular dementia, its onset is certainly linked and that is what happened to David, with a diagnosis made around two years ago. Married to Shirley-Ann and living in Skegness, David faced a new battle with his health. But, with the support of others, it is a battle he knows he is coming to terms with.
“When your life changes you must realise that you are now living a different life and people around you have to realise what is going on and the help you now need,” said David.
David is one of a whole host of people with life-limiting illness, along with friends and carers, who have joined special Still Me sessions in East Lindsey.