Dementia awareness event - Haltwhistle Library
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Kay Yeo, a health practitioner with Northumbria Healthcare, will be hosting an informative session to raise awareness of dementia, Alzheimer's, and other causes of memory loss, as well as the challenges involved for carers.
Dementia is a condition which affects one in three people over 65. Symptoms include memory loss, impaired thinking, and difficulty communicating. Changes in a person may be small to begin with but, at its worst, dementia makes it difficult for sufferers to live independently.
County Councillor Val Tyler said: “Caring for a person with dementia or a similar condition is certainly challenging but it can be very rewarding too. Sessions such as these are useful from a practical perspective, but there’s moral support and understanding on offer here as well.”
The talk includes tips and techniques to help care for people with these conditions as well as an opportunity to share experiences and encourage group support.
Attendees can also meet staff from the Alzheimer's Society and Healthwatch Northumberland who will have manned information displays and carers from Haltwhistle’s Dementia Support Group.
The event is free to attend and takes place on Monday 4 April, from 2pm - 4pm. Book your place now by contacting 01434 321 863. Refreshments will be provided.