#WeStNs - Monday 21st September 2020 2pm (GMT Standard Time) World Alzheimer' Day:‘Understanding the role we can all play

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@WeStudentNurse(#WeStNs) is a peer support network based on Twitter with over 13,00 followers that is run by student nurses for student nurses. As a team they connect with students to offer support and learning opportunities through a wide range of different activities including regular tweet chats, daily revision polls and podcasts.

The team were approached by Victoria Lyons, an Admiral Nurse with Dementia UK to look at delivering some learning around dementia care to their followers, Tony Longbone a member of the #WeStNs team seized this opportunity and has developed a virtual event to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day which is held annually on September 21st.

Tony is passionate about dementia and mental health having spent over ten years working in mental health services before taking up his training to become a registered mental health nurse. He has worked hard to develop a blended learning approach for the day to ensure that their followers have the opportunity to engage in the event in a way that suits them.

The event is planned to run throughout the day providing a variety of ways to engage, the team will focus their Twitter activity on the day so that it is dedicated to raising awareness of dementia and looking at ways that we can break the stigma associated with the illness which is The Alzheimer’s Society’s theme for this years campaign. The team will also be offering two different webinars, the first is dedicated to raising awareness of the illness and promoting the Dementia Friends initiative. The second is a question and answer session dedicated to the different dementia caring roles with panel guests including Victoria Lyons (Dementia UK), Tommy Whitelaw (Alliance Scotland), and Fiona McCandless-Sugg(University of Derby).

When supporting a person living with dementia it is important that we as professionals, take a whole person approach and ensuring that we also work with the person’s family or significant others. The importance of hearing the carer’s story can never be emphasised enough (Tolman and Harrison Dening, 2018) and with this in mind the team will be releasing a podcast on the day to demonstrate the journey of family carers when supporting their loved ones.

The final part of the day will see the team hosting a tweet chat focussed on the VERA communication model (Blackhall, Hawkes, Hingley and Wood, 2011) which is widely accepted as a tool that can support us all when supporting or caring for a person living with dementia, the model encourages you to connect with the person on an emotional level whilst stepping into their world to reduce levels of distress or anxiety that may be experienced in their day to day life through the use of validation, reassurance and engaging the person.


If you’d like to attend the ‘Understanding the role we can all play’ session at 2pm GMT,please follow the link to register your interest and receive the link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G6TcbCHpQFiI9Ozk4tl4Ow

Blackhall,A., Hawkes, D., Hingley, D. and Wood, S., 2011. VERA Framework:Communicating With People Who Have Dementia. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22206170/)

Tolman,S. and Harrison Dening, K., 2018. A Relationship-Centred Approach toManaging Pain In Dementia. (https://journals.rcni.com/nursing-older-people/a-relationshipcentred-approach-to-managing-pain-in-dementia-nop.2018.e985)





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@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 14:00
Music is one of the most powerful tools available for us to connect with a person living with dementia, it can help us in all aspects of supporting a person. ‘As other things fade, music remains’ @teepasnow explaining why http://ow.ly/BKKp30raRVV #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay
@LauraMcC86
21 September 2020 14:08
Joining @tommyNtour and @raveena_says on this afternoon session - understanding the role we can play #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay #WorldAlzheimersDay2020 ask what matters and do what matters ?? https://t.co/PAwBRzdvxC
@Glasgow_Watch
21 September 2020 14:09
RT @LauraMcC86: Joining @tommyNtour and @raveena_says on this afternoon session - understanding the role we can play #WeStNs #WorldAlzheime…
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 14:11
“The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept” @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour @ALLIANCEScot #WeStNs #WorldAlzheimersDay https://t.co/kSxcbGkPlG
@ALLIANCECarerVo
21 September 2020 14:11
RT @LauraMcC86: Joining @tommyNtour and @raveena_says on this afternoon session - understanding the role we can play #WeStNs #WorldAlzheime…
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 14:19
RT @LauraMcC86: Joining @tommyNtour and @raveena_says on this afternoon session - understanding the role we can play #WeStNs #WorldAlzheime…
@tommyNtour
21 September 2020 14:19
RT @Natalie_StN: “The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept” @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour @ALLIANCEScot #WeStNs #WorldAlzhei…
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 14:20
I’m excited for this tweetchat... it’s been a great day so far for #WorldAlzheimersDay #WeStNs https://twitter.com/westudentnurse/status/1308020758770319360
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 14:21
Taking place right now... #WorldAlzheimersDay #WeStNs https://twitter.com/westudentnurse/status/1308013305907351553
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 14:21
RT @Natalie_StN: “The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept” @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour @ALLIANCEScot #WeStNs #WorldAlzhei…
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 14:21
RT @Natalie_StN: “The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept” @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour @ALLIANCEScot #WeStNs #WorldAlzhei…
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 14:21
RT @Natalie_StN: I’m excited for this tweetchat... it’s been a great day so far for #WorldAlzheimersDay #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 14:23
RT @Natalie_StN: Taking place right now... #WorldAlzheimersDay #WeStNs
@ALLIANCECarerVo
21 September 2020 14:28
RT @Natalie_StN: “The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept” @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour @ALLIANCEScot #WeStNs #WorldAlzhei…
@alissprogramme
21 September 2020 14:39
RT @LauraMcC86: Joining @tommyNtour and @raveena_says on this afternoon session - understanding the role we can play #WeStNs #WorldAlzheime…
@Natalie_StN
21 September 2020 14:42
“Be a confidence maker, not a confidence breaker” @ALLIANCEScot @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour #WeStNs #Alzheimersday #WorldAlzheimersDay2020 https://t.co/BVVyeUSy51
@WeNurses
21 September 2020 14:44
#WeStNs this evening at 8pm is well worth tuning in to >> https://twitter.com/WeStudentNurse/status/1308020758770319360
@Feezeemouse
21 September 2020 14:48
RT @Natalie_StN: So many interesting things going on today and there’s still space available if you want to take part #WeStNs
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 14:48
RT @WeNurses: #WeStNs this evening at 8pm is well worth tuning in to >>
@WeStudentNurse
21 September 2020 14:48
RT @Natalie_StN: “Be a confidence maker, not a confidence breaker” @ALLIANCEScot @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour #WeStNs #Alzheimersday #Wor…
@LauraMcC86
21 September 2020 14:58
RT @Natalie_StN: “The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept” @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour @ALLIANCEScot #WeStNs #WorldAlzhei…
@samkitchen03
21 September 2020 14:59
RT @Natalie_StN: “Be a confidence maker, not a confidence breaker” @ALLIANCEScot @WeStudentNurse @tommyNtour #WeStNs #Alzheimersday #Wor…




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