Free course helps carers learn more about dementia

S13170H14  Southwick Community Centre
S13170H14 Southwick Community Centre

PEOPLE caring for someone with dementia can learn more about the disease in a series of courses being run in Southwick.

The free courses, run by Alzheimer’s Society, explain how dementia affects the individual.

The aim is to help carers understand more about the condition and its symptoms, including the sort of behaviours that people may display, which can at times be challenging.

Lizzie Oliver, dementia support worker, said: “Relatives of people with dementia often say that it can be really frustrating when someone doesn’t want to change their clothes, have a shower or sleep at night, especially if the person doesn’t accept that there is anything wrong with them.

“Understanding how the person is trying to make sense of the world, and how they feel about the losses they are experiencing, can help relatives to be more patient and cope better. This, in turn, helps the person with dementia to be more content.

“The courses will also help people to better understand the changes that occur as dementia progresses and there will be the opportunity for carers to discuss the difficulties they face and what tactics work for them.”

The six-week course starts on Wednesday, November 12, at Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street, Southwick.

For more information, call 01903 262666 and press option three.