We have many locally produced resources that can be downloaded from this website here.
In addition, using the links below, we can recommend lot of documents and videos produced by others:
- Building Dementia-Friendly Faith Communities booklet published in January 2017 by FaithAction with a Diocese of Lichfield case study on pp 8-10. Its available to download from www.faithaction.net/dementia and gives you the Diocese of Lichfield narrative that goes with the Lichfield DropBox material that we are sharing within and beyond the Diocese: you are welcome to email me if you would like a link to this. There is also a FaithAction resources section on dementia: http://www.faithaction.net/portal/resources/faith-and-health/#group-dementia.
- Developing a Dementia-Friendly Church booklet published by the Alzheimers Society and Liveability in May 2016 https://www.livability.org.uk/dementia-friendly-churches-guide/
- The Diocese of Worcester has got a really strong webpage a great starting point for dementia-friendly church: http://www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/mission-and-ministry/social-responsibility/dementia-friendly-churches
- Caritas Social Action Network has online dementia and (catholic) spirituality toolkit, which can be accessed at the bottom of this page: https://www.csan.org.uk/news/csan-launches-online-spirituality-and-dementia-toolkit/
- Pictures to Share books for people with dementia https://picturestoshare.co.uk/ , particularly Strength for the journey includes a selection of powerful pictures and texts that can provide spiritual comfort for older people who have a Christian faith https://picturestoshare.co.uk/collections/books/products/strength-for-the-journey
- The Social Care Institute for Excellence has a free on-line course on dementia.This dementia e-learning course is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with someone with dementia and provides a general introduction to the disease and the experience of living with it. https://www.scie.org.uk/e-learning/dementia (The website says that the course is being revised and redeveloped with a focus on the residential care workforce: the new version is expected in Spring 2018.)
- Glorious Opportunity: Dr Jennifer Bute, who lives with dementia, shares advice, encouragement and resources, leaflets and training videos. http://gloriousopportunity.org
- Alzheimer Caf UK: http://www.alzheimercafe.co.uk/default.htm with click through information on setting up cafs.
- Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) have produced four booklets on dementia which can be downloaded:
- Download - Growing Dementia Friendly Churches >
- Download - Spirituality Care and People With Dementia >
- Download - Worship and People With Dementia >
- Download - Visiting People With Dementia >
or bought as hard copy booklets: http://www.mha.org.uk/about-mha/publications/dementia-rersources/.
Also from MHA, Growing Dementia-Friendly Churches by Revd Gaynor Hammond is available to purchase for 5: http://www.mha.org.uk/about-mha/publications/growing-dementia-friendly-churches/
- CofE and Alzheimers Society blog posts:
- Touched by Dementia by Sarah Thorpe (16 May 2016): http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/144448215162/churches-dementia-awareness
- None of us is the perfect image of God. We meet each other knowing that no one is perfect on how chaplains and the Mothers Union support dementia patients in hospital, by Revd Peter Wells, Lead Chaplain at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (5 October 2016): http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/151377543077/none-of-us-is-the-perfect-image-of-god-we-meet
- How and why to embrace those living with dementia in your church by Sarah Thorpe (5 October 2016): http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/151339742952/how-and-why-to-embrace-those-living-with-dementia
- Anna chaplains: offering companionship on the dementia journey Julia Burton Jones (May 2017) Anna Chaplains offer practical and spiritual support to people living with dementia and their carers. Julia Burton-Jones works at Rochester Diocese supporting this valuable work. https://www.facebook.com/notes/church-of-england/anna-chaplains-offering-companionship-on-the-dementia-journey/10154848169518143/
- God in fragments: how worship can unlock the memory Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter (May 2017) The language of traditional Bible readings and prayers, music and visual images can affirm identity and unlock memory in people living with dementia https://www.facebook.com/notes/church-of-england/god-in-fragments-how-worship-can-unlock-memory/10154847921828143/
- Dementia friendly churches and their role at the heart of dementia-friendly communities by Sarah Thorpe https://blog.alzheimers.org.uk/inside-the-society/dementia-friendly-churches/
- Video/Audio/Photo links on dementia
- Christine Bryden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E49cK17qs0
- Henry in a Nursing home music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgNLLelQYwI
- Gladys Wilson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrZXz10FcVM
- Dementia from the inside SCIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erjzl1WL8yQ
- Forget-me-not and Dementia-Friendly Churches Sarah Thorpes role January 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VM81cc8_KI
- The Church of England broadcast Facebook Live from 18 May 2016 with Sarah Thorpe (Lichfield) and David Richardson, Dementia Coordinator, Churches Together in Cumbria, highlighting the work they do and how churches can be dementia friendly: https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland/videos/10154262858186385/
- (Audio) Facing Dementia with a Loving Welcome Rev Dr David Primrose October 2016: https://soundcloud.com/the-church-of-england/dementia-interview-stories-worth-sharing/s-hdt9A
- Memory Cafe, St Cuthberts Church, north Wembley https://vimeo.com/193682449
- (Photos) Photographer, Mark Seymour, took a series of photos to record the progress of his fathers dementia http://www.shootthestreet.co.uk/documentary-photography-projects/living-with-dementia/
- (Audio) Podcast interview with John Swinton, the author of Dementia: Living in the Memories of God about his latest book, Becoming Friends of Time January 2018 - skip 8 minutes into the podcast for the start of the 45 minute interview http://www.nomadpodcast.co.uk/john-swinton-becoming-friends-time-n164/
- Have you heard of Messy Vintage? Theres interesting information on this taking Messy Church into residential care - from The Gift of Years (Inspiring, equipping and enabling every church across the UK to meet the spiritual needs of older people, part of the Bible Reading Fellowship) taking Messy Church into residential care. Read more here. In response to requests for more material for Messy Vintage sessions, they have prepared six free downloadable sessions worth of creative material you can use off the peg.
- From The Gift of Years, Anna Chaplaincy offers deep listening, promoting the spiritual welfare of men and women in older age.
- Theres a dementia-friendly worship on-line resource in the form of a (lengthy!) American Handbook for Worship: Christian Worship Experience for Persons with Dementia, shared through the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship. You can find ideas for dementia-friendly worship on sixteen different themes.