LOCKDOWN life is challenging for us all, but is particularly tough for anyone living with dementia.

Do you have a relative or neighbour that you worry about? What could you do to make life easier for them?

We started Worcester Dementia Action Alliance in 2016 to help make Worcester more dementia friendly. The network of agencies, businesses and volunteers has continued to meet and grow since.

We have learnt how to become Dementia Friends and created more dementia friendly environments and services.

Did you know that for some people living with dementia, a dark doormat looks like a hole in the ground?

If someone has trouble remembering what is inside their kitchen cupboards, have you thought about sticking some pictures or notes on the outside?

A few tips and small changes can make life a lot easier. There are a number of places where you can get advice and support.

Onside Advocacy, in conjunction with Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire, provide a range of services to support people of all ages living with dementia. Their staff and volunteers are skilled and experienced in working one-to-one with clients and their families to offer tailored support.

They can enable people to participate safely and companionably in activities that they enjoy.

With Covid-19 restrictions, fun activities may have to be online. Fortunately, there has been a growth in opportunities which people living with dementia may enjoy. It is possible to join a dementia choir which meets every Monday morning. Dancefest provides dance classes specifically for over 55s, including gentle seated dance.

Worcester Life Stories quizzes and photos are a great conversation starter and a chance to share memories and stories.