It was a pleasure to visit the Memory Cafe in Brixham last week to meet so many of those who benefit from the service as well as their carers and volunteers. It was also an opportunity to catch up with Ann Redmayne the Commissioner for dementia services in the Bay and Christine Delaney from the Alzheimers Society, who coordinates the cafes around Torbay. The memory cafe in Brixham offers a warm welcome on Wednesdays between 1.30 and 3.30 but they also operate in Paignton and Babbacombe. The cafes are open to anyone with memory difficulties and are not confined to those who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
The good news is that the importance of early investigation and diagnosis has been recognised and anyone referred by their GP should be seen at the Chadwell Centre for an expert diagnosis within three weeks. People should no longer face having dementia medication withdrawn if they can benefit from it but do not fit into defined memory scores.
I was also pleased to hear that Torbay have applied to the South of England Dementia Challenge to pilot GPS tracking bracelets which could benefit the many people who go missing every year as a result of becoming disorientated, only of course if they wish to use them. I hope they will be successful in their bid.
Anyone interested in the memory cafes anywhere in Torbay can speak to Christine Delaney direct on 07803 115828 or would be welcome to just turn up.