At present whilst PALZ UK originated in Shropshire the intention is that it will become a UK wide organisation. If you are interested in developing a local PALZ group please contact us
The purpose of the PALZ group is to provide people, who have held challenging and demanding jobs and who are now living with Alzheimers (or dementia from other causes), with a social environment that relates to their previous working environment of peer support and mental challenge. These meetings aim to increase self -respect and confidence as well as providing mental stimulation.
The establishment of PALZ UK in Shrewsbury came about after the personal involvement of Liz Holdsworth, a local solicitor, who is also Regional co-ordinator for Shropshire Solicitors for the Elderly. She was inspired to start Palz UK by its parent organisation – PALZ Global (Professionals with Alzheimers). The Medical Director for PALZ UK is Professor Tony Elliott (Clinical Director Older adult services in the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).
Professor Elliott is a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry and has over twenty years experience of caring and working with people living with dementia, and their families.
He developed the first service in the West Midlands for Younger People with Dementia.
He is also National Advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman on Dementia care and a Specialist Advisor on Dementia to the Care Quality Commission.
The group will meet every two months at the Shropshire Conference Centre and there will be high calibre speakers talking for around 30 minutes on a range of subjects (e.g. astronomy, local history, medical research, politics, natural history, the Shropshire economy). Afterwards there will be coffee and the opportunity for discussion. As friendships develop some may join others for lunch. In alternate months there will be opportunities for social activities at places connected to the talks. Those coming are welcome to bring partners or supportive friends.
Meetings are at 10am at the Shropshire Conference Centre on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site, with free admission, and free parking. Satnav reference: SY3 8XQ
PALZ UK are proud to be connected with PALZ Global
PALZ is a support organisation established to ensure all those from a high-powered work environment, and with the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, or similar, are able to maintain dignity and respect through active participation and interaction within a socially and intellectually stimulating environment.