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Mon 20th May

It's Dementia Action Week

Dementia Action Week 2019

Dementia Action Week is held between the 20th - 26th May 2019 

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is progressive which means that symptoms will get worse over time.

Many of us worry about ‘saying the wrong thing' to someone with dementia, yet a friendly face or a listening ear can make the world of difference.

We're delighted to run a Level 2 Dementia Awareness Course as a part of our Building Futures Programme. This Dementia Action Week, our current learners are encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation; whether it’s calling a relative or by visiting a neighbour.  Our learners share their top tips to make things easier when you’re talking to someone with dementia:

  1. Give the person with Dementia your full attention, and try to speak to them Face-to-Face
  2. Be patient. Giving the person you're talking to time to respond. 
  3. Speak clearly and make sure that your body language is open and relaxed. 
  4. Have a topic of conversation in mind- is there something that the person you're talking is particularly interested in, or will make them laugh?
  5. When asking questions give a short list of options. Or where you're able, ask questions that can be answered 'yes' or 'no'

If you are affected by dementia the Alzheimer’s Society is there to help. As the UK’s leading dementia charity they provide expert information, training, and support services to those who need help including family and friends. If you need support, advice and information call their Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22 or visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk  

 

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