Today we delivered with Fred (Home Instead) a Dementia Friend Information Session at Burger King on Peckham High Street. Geraldine volunteer at Age UK L&S attended it and here is her feedback…
I attended an Information Session on 15TH July at Burger King, Peckham in the hope of gaining more insight into dementia which affects one in three people over 65 and indeed sometimes younger. I wanted to learn a little bit more about what it is like to live with dementia and hopefully to turn my understanding and knowledge into action. The Dementia Champions representing Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society were there to answer our questions
We talked about recognising the signs of this frightening disease and the things we should know:- it is not a natural part of ageing, it is possible to live well with dementia and we should remember that there is more to a person than the dementia and please please remember the next time you get impatient with any senior citizen who may be a little slow at the supermarket check-out that he/she may be suffering from dementia and kindly show a little compassion.
Thankfully with the right support people can remain active and content in their own homes. As a volunteer with Age UK and no longer a spring chicken I came away feeling a little less negative in my perception of the disease with a lot more understanding of the problems encountered by the sufferers and will wear my Dementia Friend badge to spread what I learnt.