More support for dementia sufferers

Attendees at AGM undergoing Dementia Friends Awareness Training.
Attendees at AGM undergoing Dementia Friends Awareness Training.

Dozens of people have been trained to help those suffering from dementia.

An interactive information session held by Age UK North Tyneside saw more than 50 people trained to become Dementia Friends.

The session, led by Isabel Owens, aimed at increasing awareness of the disease helped the audience to better understand how people living with dementia may feel and how their perceptions change. It also covered issues such as how to approach and better support someone with dementia.

Each of the Dementia Friends went on to make their own individual pledge, ranging from wearing badges to be identified as being more aware of the issues, to becoming more proactive.

Isabel has been working with businesses in Wallsend and will visit Whitley Bay in the coming months to help make North Tyneside a Dementia Friendly Community.

Alma Caldwell, chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside, said “The onus of dementia support doesn’t need to fall only on family and friends, we have a whole spectrum of unique services to support someone from pre-diagnosis to palliative care.”

“Our ambition is that we are recognised as an expert in dementia and to be a lead provider of care and support services for people with dementia and their Carers in North Tyneside, ensuring they have access to preventative activities, are valued and can continue to live well in the community.”

For more information on this or support services contact Age UK North Tyneside on (0191) 280 8484.