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Simulated dementia experience sessions in Newport to support understanding

Families and friends of people living with dementia in Gwent, care professionals, businesses and anyone who wants to understand the condition are being invited to participate in a simulated experience of what it is like to have dementia.

The experience is designed to increase understanding of the impact that dementia has on the person with the condition and so build empathy and give insights into how to interact better with the person and support them.

The simulated dementia experience sessions will take place on Monday 16 April from 2.00pm at the Christchurch Centre at B T Compound / Malpas Rd, Newport NP20 5PP. They are group sessions through the afternoon, each lasting about 45 minutes. It is free to take part but anyone wishing to do so needs to book in advance by contacting Adrienne.jackson@fshc.co.uk or 07702681766.

This is the launch of a programme by national care provider Four Seasons Health Care to promote understanding of dementia and to support dementia friendly communities. The event is being organised in conjunction with Greater Gwent Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Partnership.

There are about 2,000 people who are living with dementia in Newport and estimated to be some 40,000 people across Wales with the condition.

Dr. Claire Royston, Group Medical Director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “Living with dementia brings practical difficulties caused by memory, cognitive and sensory impairments and these can have an emotional, social and psychological impact on a person. In the absence of a clinical cure, dementia is a progressive condition, but the effects of progression can be slowed and the person can enjoy a good experience and be happy. The way someone with dementia feels and experiences life can be greatly affected by relationships and interactions with people close to them and those they meet in the community.  We know from training our own care staff that when we give people a sense of what it is like to live with dementia and to see things from that perspective, the understanding helps them to connect and relate better to people with the condition. We want to share that learning with families who have a loved one with dementia and to support dementia friendly communities. To follow up the dementia experience we will we will make available advice on interacting in a supportive way with people living with dementia.”

Date published: 10 April 2018

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