Research has shown that people are often worried about saying the ‘wrong thing’ to people living with the condition. It has also shown that two thirds of people with dementia feel isolated and lonely.
Because of this, this year’s Dementia Action Week is all about talking. It’s about making connections with people with dementia and getting to know the person living with the condition.
The Alzheimer’s Society has created a video, showing conversations between children and people with dementia. The children are setting an example: they are open and friendly, ask lots of questions, and listen to their answers.
You can watch the video here:
At Good Oaks, we’re committed to helping support people in our local communities who are living with dementia. One of the ways we do this is by being involved with Dementia Friends who aim to teach more people about dementia and what it’s like to live with.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Our Training Coordinator, Jo Wood, is a Dementia Friends Champion. She is qualified in delivering Dementia Friends training sessions. These sessions last an hour and explain more about dementia, how to spot it and how to help people living with it.
Jo said: “Helping to raise awareness of dementia and what life is like for people living with the condition is very important to me. Dementia Friends is a fantastic initiative that helps give people the tools to better understand dementia.
“The theme of this year’s Dementia Action Week is brilliant and exactly what is needed. The honest conversations that the children have with the adults in the video, not being afraid of offending or confusing them, encourages a better way of getting to know people who have dementia.”
Jo has the following advice for dementia-friendly conversations:
“I encourage people to be patient and to talk clearly. You may need to repeat some information and offer simpler options if you are asking questions. Talking clearly helps and so does maintaining eye-contact.
“I would avoid asking if they remember certain things, so as not to put them on the spot.”
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We offer training sessions for local businesses and individuals.
If you would like to attend a Dementia Friends training session with Good Oaks, or host one for your employees or colleagues, you can call us on 01202 757787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.