PEOPLE caring for someone with dementia are being offered the chance to learn more about the disease and how it affects the individual in a Carers Information and Support Programme being run by Alzheimer’s Society Hull and East Riding.
The Alzheimer’s Society says that there are just over 8,000 people with dementia in the Hull and East Riding area. The word ‘dementia’ describes a range of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases.
The programme is a series of workshops and aims to help carers understand more about the condition and its symptoms, including the sort of behaviours that people may display which can at times be challenging. By understanding more about dementia the workshops will help people to cope better with caring for the individual.
Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Manager, Kate Atkins says:
“Relatives of people with dementia often say that it can be really frustrating when someone doesn’t want to change their clothes, have a shower or sleep at night, especially if the person doesn’t accept that there is anything wrong with them.
“Understanding how the person is trying to make sense of the world, and how they feel about the losses they are experiencing, can help relatives to be more patient and cope better. This, in turn, helps the person with dementia to be more content.
“The workshops will also help people to better understand the changes that occur as dementia progresses and there will be the opportunity for carers to discuss the difficulties they face and what tactics work for them.”
The Programme is FREE and will take place over four weeks on Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd October 2014, from 1.30 – 4pm at Holderness Grange Lifestyle Village (the Hobby room) Birch Tree Drive, Hedon.
For more information and to book a place, contact the Alzheimer’s Society Hull and East Riding at email firstname.lastname@example.org or at the office on 01482 211255.
Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22.