What an absolute pleasure it was for me to present our Alzheimer's and other Dementias workshop to a group of family carers at the Beethoven Centre in Westminster on Thursday!
A huge thank you to the Carers Network for letting us use their venue and facilities and most important to broadly promote the event. We had 20 delegates coming from the borough of Westminster and Kensington attending the workshop.
It was fantastic to discuss ideas and feelings with a group of family carers who were so positive and dedicated to providing their loved ones with the best care possible. Being a Dementia carer for a loved one is arguably one of the most difficult roles to fulfil.
During the three hour Alzheimer's and other Dementia workshop we cover the following topics,
- What is Dementia?
- What are the causes and symptoms of Dementia?
- What are the different types and stages of Dementia?
- History of Alzheimer's Disease
- How to communicate well with someone with Dementia
- The stigma and fear of Dementia
- Tip and techniques to manage challenging behaviours
- How to cope as a carer
- Real life examples
With an ageing population, cases of dementia are increasing at an alarming rate, which means that more and more people will be affected by the disease at some point in their lives. These workshops give you the knowledge to positively embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it and allow them to share their knowledge and experiences with others.