Workshops will clear up dementia
DEMENTIA care is being taken out into the community in a bid to explode myths surrounding the debilitating condition.
A series of information events planned across Gloucestershire will help create more dementia friendly communities, it is hoped.
Barbara Piranty, Assistant Chief Executive at the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, said: “There is still a need to educate and dispel certain myths around dementia as there is plenty of fear and stigma about this terrible condition.
“Aside from the talks which will feature a question and answer session, there will be stands that people can visit and talk individually to including, Managing Memory Together which not only carries out memory assessments for those people worried about their memory but also runs sessions on how to improve general memory.
“We think it is really important to give people as much information as possible and the chance to talk through their concerns and worries with the professionals who give huge support to sufferers, their carers and families.”
Dr Martin Ansell, who is a consultant psychiatrist with the 2gether Trust, will be presenting the talks.
He promises to speak frankly and openly, supported by other services who support people suffering offering advice on how they can help keep them at home and independent for as long as possible.
Events are taking place at Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford on October 23, Newent on October 30 at Sheppard House, and in Cheltenham on November 20 in the Pillar Rooms, Town Hall.
All events will begin at 10.15am with registration, talks will start promptly at 10.30am and be followed by time to browse the information stands until 12.30. Events are free with refreshments available.