Dementia Awareness

Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process and it does not only affect older people. There are over 40,00 people under the age of 65 who are living with dementia and this has a big impact on their lifestyle and families.

Dementia affects more than memory and as symptoms get worse over time people may have difficulty with maintaining their independence and living safely in their own home. People can be supported to still live well with dementia and understanding how to enable independence and keep physically, mentally active can make a positive difference to mood and well- being.

Dementia awareness training raises awareness of the impact of dementia on a person and their family and provides information to enable effective communication and to support living well with dementia.

This training is designed to provide an introduction and overview and is relevant to people working in Community Care, Care Homes and organisations who have direct contact with people affected by dementia.

Learning Objectives

Understand what is meant by the term dementia

Understand the importance of recognising the person with dementia as a unique individual

Be able to communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals who have dementia

Be able to signpost individuals, families and carers to dementia advice, support and information

Purpose

With an ageing population the number of people in the UK living with or at risk of dementia is continuing to rise.

Currently over 850,000 living with dementia in the Uk are impacted by dementia and training to increase awareness and understanding is recognised as vitally important

Benefits

Greater understanding of the impact of dementia on individuals, families and society

Have greater awareness of the actions that people affected by dementia can take to live as well as possible after diagnosis

Through greater understanding, staff will be able to communicate with compassion and provide more effective care for people with dementia

Participants

Health and social care or commercial sector

Care Workers, health workers, staff with direct contact with people affected by dementia (face to face or telephone)

Call-centre staff working in customer facing roles

Size of Group

Up to 15

Time

Half day

Can be delivered in conjunction with Living Well with Dementia and Promoting Independence to form a full day


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