On July 3rd, we had our first Dementia Awareness Event. It was our first ‘reaching to the community’ event and we were nervous: would enough people come?
21 people came, and the comments they left us with were very positive, including:
“This was so good for Dad, it was just what he needed to come out of denial and accept Mum has Alzheimer’s, now we can all move forward”
“My wife and I got so much from the session, both from Helen and through group discussion”
“This was good insight into trying to cope with dementia”
Dementia is a growing issue. The population is ageing, and one in six of us can expect to have some form of dementia if we live to 80. Already, Suffolk has an estimated 10,000 people with some form of dementia, and by 2025, it is expected that 65 per cent of people living in Suffolk will be affected by dementia; a condition wreathed in stigma, misunderstood and often not diagnosed quickly enough, leaving those with the condition, their families and carers in difficult circumstances.
There is widespread fear of the unknown. People don’t know much about dementia, if there are treatments, how best to care for someone with dementia, what support or help there is out there, and even how to interact with someone with dementia.
There is a clear need for people who have dementia, or their carers, to have more knowledge and guidance. And that is what is happening in Saxmundham. Our second free dementia awareness session is taking place, open to anyone who during day to day life comes into contact with Dementia. This is taking place on the Wednesday 21st August, in the Training Centre, Street Farm Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1AL. 9.30am -12.30pm
This session is going to be run by Helen Drain, who is an Alzheimer’s society approved trainer, and is lead dementia trainer for Christies Care, the live-in care agency. Helen has personal experience of the disease. “My husband had vascular dementia, and I didn’t know anything. I just had to make up how to care for him as I went along. If I had known half of what I know now I, and my husband would have had a far less unhappy time. I don’t want other people to make the mistakes I made, which is why I have become a trainer in dementia care.”
To book your place please email Helen.Drain@christiescare.com or ring 01728 605114