Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is running a number of specialist courses aimed at people affected by dementia, as well as their carers, healthcare staff and the public in order to raise awareness about dementia and what everyone can do to help support those with dementia.
Dementia Friends information sessions are 1 hour 30 minutes long and are being held from 25 November 2014 – 25th March 2015 in Bolton, Trafford and Salford. The sessions are run by Dementia Friends Champions and fully endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Society. The sessions are free for anyone to attend.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to help members of the public to understand what it might be like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend and make a difference.
The information session aims to raise awareness about dementia and how it affects people, as well as the practical actions that Dementia Friends can take that could help someone with dementia living in their community.
People with a recent diagnosis of dementia and carers of people with dementia can attend the Trust’s free Living Well with Dementia course, which takes place from 9.30am – 3.30pm on the 21st November 2014 in Prestwich and on the 13th February 2015 from 9.30am – 3.30pm in Salford.
The aim of the course is to provide people affected by dementia with facts about dementia, common symptoms, treatments available, and techniques that will help them to cope with the effects of dementia.
People who would like to learn how to create a Life Story piece of work can attend the Trust’s An Introduction to Life Story Work course. An Introduction to Life Story Work provides individuals with the opportunity to talk about their life experiences, memories and hopes for the future and records this in a creative way. There are a number of different ways for capturing the information including DVDs, photograph albums, collages, life story books and many more methods.
This course takes place from 1pm to 4.30pm on 16th December 2014, 13th February 2015 and 4th March 2015 in Bolton, Salford and Trafford respectively.
The above free courses have been developed after research by the Alzheimer’s Society and The Carers Trust has shown that courses which provide education, strategies to reduce stress and emotional support for dementia carers helps to reduce anxiety and depression. The Trust recognises that carers and relatives play a vital role in the care of people living with dementia and is committed to providing support to carers alongside services that treat those living the condition.
The next Dementia Friends information session is on the 25th November 2014 at Linden Ward, Royal Bolton Hospital. The next Living Well with Dementia course is on 21st November 2014 at Ivy House, Prestwich and the next An Introduction to Life Story Work course is on the 16th December 2014 at Linden Ward, Royal Bolton Hospital.
All courses are run by the Trust’s Recovery Academy, which provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as healthcare professionals.
The range of courses available and locations will vary as the Academy responds to the demands of its students.
To book your place or to find out more about the upcoming courses, log on to www.gmmh.nhs.uk/recovery . Alternatively you can email email@example.com or Tel: 0161 772 3782.
Notes for Editors
1. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) provides district mental health services in Bolton, Salford and Trafford. GMW also provides substance misuse services in Bolton, Salford, Wigan and Leigh, Blackburn with Darwen, Central Lancashire and Cumbria.
2. GMW delivers specialist mental health and substance misuse inpatient services throughout Greater Manchester and the wider North.
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