Written by Active Minds on Friday the 11th of March 2016.
It is estimated that there is over 850,000 people over the age of 65, who are living with dementia in the UK. Dementia is challenging in many ways and there are a complex range of symptoms. Finding coping mechanisms for those living with Dementia and carers alike are crucial in learning how to manage it effectively. There are a wide range of dementia support workshops that aim to help the community and empower individuals. We have highlighted a few different types of workshops and the myriad of ways that they can help improve the lives of those living with Dementia.
Communication can become a confusing concept as the effects of dementia progress over time. Learning how to effectively communicate with someone with Dementia can help them to feel less isolated and you will be able to manage your own expectations when it comes to conversation. Communication courses aimed at dementia can provide you with strategies to help you to maintain meaningful connections with each other. This allows there to be ways of working through challenges and overcoming barriers.
Dementia may be a topic that you have limited experience of or something that you have never really encountered before. In these instances, it can be helpful to keep informed and be given a general overview of dementia, so you can learn and be prepared for what to expect when moving forward. There are plenty of workshops that can give an insight into dealing with dementia and the everyday challenges posed by the disease.
It is crucial that dementia patients continue to engage in activities that can stimulate them mentally and physically. Mental and physical wellbeing can have an impact on the overall quality of someone living with Dementias day to day life. Physical activities can help to maintain strength, which can impact traits such as balance. Activities that focus on cognitive function such like jigsaws and colouring books will benefit mental wellbeing in those living with dementia. Support workshops can help to equip carers and family members with tools and activities they can use to help manage dementia.
Dementia can impact a wide range of every day factors and diet is no exception. Nutrition based support workshops can help to make carers and family more aware of the implications dementia can have on diet and what to expect at certain stages. Swallowing and eating can become difficult tasks and courses can help to provide strategies for maintaining a healthy diet. You will be taught to look out for signs of malnourishment and how to overcome challenges.
Caring for someone who is living with dementia can have its challenges, one of the main things that carers want to maintain is the patient’s dignity. There are many ways that people feel they lose dignity as they get older and there are support workshops that can examine some of these factors and help to provide tools for restoring dignity and improving the self-esteem of patients. The loss of communication in some means that they cannot always speak out when they feel their dignity is being affected and so it is vital that there are strategies put in place to help patients voice this.