A new film has been launched in Buckinghamshire to show how people affected by dementia can use creative pursuits and activity to help improve their quality of life.
The locally made film, entitled ‘I Am Still Me’, forms part of ongoing work by NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Buckinghamshire County Council to raise awareness of the condition. It focuses on the importance of supporting people living with dementia and their carers by helping them find new ways to communicate and enjoy memories through creative and social activities. These can include singing groups, artistic activities or watching performances. It also considers the difficulties experienced by carers of people living with dementia, and how vital it is that they find lifelines to relieve the pressure on them.
Click here to view I Am Still Me .
A number of local groups and activities which people can get involved with are featured over the course of the film.
It was produced by Dr Mahuya Kanjilal, who has extensive experience of working on films highlighting health and social care issues as they impact the BME community. The project was also supported by NHS England South Central.
The film was screened at a special event earlier this year, followed by a Q&A session with a panel of key members of the project, including GP Dr Sian Roberts, who gave advice and insight into the challenges surrounding dementia and caring for someone with the condition.
Dr Roberts, Mental Health and Learning Disability Clinical Director for Buckinghamshire CCG, said: “This film aims to show that people can still lead meaningful and fulfilled lives when they live with dementia, and activities like the ones highlighted can make such a positive difference to them.
“As hard as this condition may be to accept, life does not have to stop with the onset of dementia – there are still many ways to enjoy time with your loved ones and create warm new memories. And we must always remember how important it is for the carers of people with dementia to have the kind of support that these creative groups can offer. They really can serve as an invaluable lifeline and we hope people will watch this film and be inspired to explore them further.”
Two other films focusing on dementia were launched in Bucks last year: