Free dementia workshop for carers and families

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Home Instead Senior Care has arranged a free dementia workshop in Handsworth, for carers and families of those living with dementia.

The workshop will be held The Old Rectory St Mary’s Church next Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm.

Kathy Markwick, community development officer at Home Instead, which provides home care to elderly people and allows them to stay in their own homes as long as possible, said: “These workshops are specifically aimed at carers and families of people who are living with dementia, but they are also proving hugely beneficial to members of the local communit, who are eager to learn more about living and working with people affected by this debilitating disease.

“Too often elderly people suffering with Alzheimers, or another form of dementia, are moved into care homes earlier than is necessary, simply because family carers feel unable to cope. We know from our work with families that carers often feel very lonely and socially isolated, and that’s part of what we’re seeking to combat.

“One woman, the carer for her husband, told us at a recent workship that coming to the workshop felt like she had somewhere to go now.”

Another attendee of a recent course wrote on Alzheimers Society Sheffield & Dementia Care website: ‘I felt before like I was having to cope on my own - it was heartening to find out that there is help out there and that I am not on my own at all,’

The workshop will focus on learning about the causes of different forms of dementia; teaching people how to recognise the symptoms; discovering how different forms of dementia are diagnosed; and understanding more about the behaviours that can be cause by the symptoms of Alzheimers and other dementias.