Age UK staff to get lessons in de­men­tia

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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

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