We are training to become Dementia Friends by learning what it's like to live with dementia, and turning our understanding into action. We will be educating ourselves and others, to change people's perception of dementia, with the The Alzheimer's Society.
On Monday 5 June, training began for members of our staff to become Dementia Friends. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative, to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action; anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend, whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session, or by watching the Alzheimer's Society's online video. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling others about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
The first session was organised by Activities Coordinator, Theresa Stanton, who is a Dementia Champion, and is organising more training sessions for anyone who might like to learn more about Dementia friends, and maybe join up. The sessions last an hour and fifteen minutes, are free and there is no obligation to join at the end if you do not wish to. For further information please contact Theresa, by calling: 01883 340 788.
Theresa says "Buxton Lodge is passionate about educating people about dementia and aims to have all our staff trained as friends by the end of this year."