Mark McGlade, Director at Home Instead, Exeter & East Devon recently achieved a big personal milestone for the Alzheimer’s Society.
He was thrilled to receive their personal congratulations on his provision of Dementia Friends training to over 450 people. Mark, who has trained as a Dementia Champion for the Society, feels passionately about education for the public in order to raise awareness and understanding of the disease.
Becoming an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Champion allows Mark to deliver the Dementia Friends training which is a perfect avenue for him to take the message out into the community. Dementia Friends training provides a brief overview of dementia for example it provides insight into the complexities of everyday tasks of daily living, such as making a cup of tea and why a person with dementia may struggle with such even familiar routines.
Mark enjoys delivering the Alzheimer’s Society training to school groups, local parish groups, the Fire Service and medical practices. Groups that have enjoyed the Dementia Friends sessions have also included retail staff, individual interest groups, including Probus groups, art groups, Women’s Institutes etc.
One of the distinct attributes of the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friend’s training is its flexibility, sessions may be tailored to suit differing audiences. For example, there are adaptations for school age children who may benefit from the training as they may come across elderly neighbours or grandparents living with dementia. Studies have shown that where people understand the disease they are more accepting and less fearful or confused.
In addition to Dementia Friends training, Mark provides community information about Parkinson’s disease, falls awareness, scams and hospital avoidance for older people. If you know of a group, you feel would benefit from a Dementia Friends Session or one of the other sessions listed above please don’t hesitate to give Mark a call on 01395 200600.