This week (18th to 25th May) is Dementia Awareness Week.  There is a theme this year of “Talking about it” and the aim is to encourage conversation about dementia, to get people to ask questions and discuss the issues.

As part of the week we have been out and about doing our best to raise awareness of the conditions that fall under the umbrella of dementia.

Carer Training

Fittingly one of our dementia training sessions concluded this week.  We’ve had 11 carers here at Head Office learning about dementia and how to care for a person with the condition.  They will continue their learning by completing a distance learning course as well.

Dementia Friends

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Our lead dementia trainer has recently become a Dementia Friends Champion.  She is spending time encouraging as many people as possible to sign up to be a dementia friend as she can.  Over the coming months she will be hosting information sessions in Saxmundham, so if you are interested please get in touch with us.

Dementia Awareness Drop In Sessions

We’re working with our local East of England Co-op pharmacy to host 2 lunchtime drop-in dementia awareness sessions.  Helen, our busy lead dementia trainer, will be available at the Saxmundham pharmacy to answer any questions you might have Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22d May 2014.  She’ll have information available and will help signpost where you can go for help and advice.  She’ll also be able to give you details about our own training and the care we are able to provide.

Alzheimer’s Show, Olympia

This weekend was the Alzheimer’s Show at London Olympia and our director Lin was there with one of our advisors John to look after the Christies Care stand.  They met and spoke with hundreds of people, spreading the word about what Christies has to offer.  A good time was had by all.

Year round help

Dementia is an important topic, and not something that we should only think about once a year.  We should all be talking about it as much as we can, to break the stigma and encourage understanding.

We’re here all year to discuss dementia training and to provide dementia trained carers to help your loved ones, either on a respite or long term basis.  For more information please feel free to contact us on 01728 605000.