Age UK staff to get lessons in dementia
OLDER people’s charity Age UK Cheshire East is aiming to give dementia training to every member of staff by the end of the year.
This will be done as part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme, the biggest ever scheme to change people’s perceptions of dementia.
Dementia Friends learn what it’s like to live with dementia and can then better look after someone with the condition.
Stefanie Underhill, fundraising campaign manager for Age UK Cheshire East, said: “A Dementia Friend learns what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts. The course highlights the basic mechanics of how dementia affects people and shows how every person living with dementia is still an individual with their own capabilities.”
The charity launched a new dementia day support service in September, with sessions from Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4pm at the office on Henderson Street, Macclesfield costing £49 per day, including a hot lunch. The service is for anyone living with memory problems and transport can be arranged.
Call 01625 660527 or go to ageukcheshireeast.org.
Age UK Cheshire East delivers dementia training to another 14 members of staff. It aims to have trained all its staff by the end of next month