The generic term dementia is associated with symptoms relating to the decline of the brain and its abilities, often presented not only as memory loss but also changes in behaviour or mood, confusion, disorientation, and difficulty in communication. The most common forms are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia and, with an ageing population, it is estimated that one in fourteen people aged over 65 will be affected.
An informal volunteer group has recently been formed as part of an ORCC-run programme to help develop dementia friendly communities, to examine how we can support dementia sufferers and their carers in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. The group has completed three sessions run by an independent dementia care trainer covering common symptoms and misconceptions about dementia, the loss of (in particular, short term) memory but retention of emotion, how best to communicate with dementia sufferers and how their symptoms impact on carers. We would now like to generally raise villagers’ awareness of the condition and take the first steps towards making this a dementia-friendly community.
Do you, or a friend or relative, find your memory isn’t what it was or are you interested in finding out more about dementia? Why not drop in for a cup of tea with us between 3 and 4.30pm on Thursday 8 May in the Church Room to learn more about the condition and discuss what sort of practical support could be offered to those who need it.
If you can’t attend, or would like to discuss the issue in confidence, you can contact Celia Collett (01491 835988) or Janice Chilton (01491 836661). Leaflets giving useful information can be found in the Village Stores and the book entitled ‘Contented Dementia’ by Oliver James may also be of interest.
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