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Patience & Understanding - Dementia Friends

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Over 35 residents braved torrential rain and attended the 'Dementia Information Evening' which was held at The Barbour Institute on Tuesday evening.

Our thanks to Rob Catlow, a local Dementia Champion, who ran the session. The event was filled with anecdotal references and we were challenged to accurately define not only dementia but the correct sequencing in undertaking everyday tasks and, importantly, how to positively assist in what might be described as 'bitesize chunks'.

Our ignorance was both obvious and astonishing and Rob provided some very useful information in empowering us to be more patient and understanding and to assist us in our quest to become a more 'Dementia Friendly Community'.

Here's a reminder of 5 Key Messages relating to Dementia:

  • Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
  • Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
  • Dementia is not just about losing your memory — it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks
  • It is possible to live well with dementia
  • There's more to a person than the dementia

Rob will be coming back to our Summer Health Hub Day which was advertised in our recent PPG Newsletter — watch this space everyone.

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