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IDEA - Improving Dementia Awareness and Education
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Directory of training, education and resources for people with dementia, their carers and health professionals
Directory of training, education and resources for people with dementia, their carers and health professionals

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As it's Dementia Awareness Week, I took a moment this week to remember my grandmother who was affected by dementia, among other problems, in the last few years of her life. When I look back now, it seemed that when she spoke to me, it was as if we were separated by a thin, cloudy pane of glass. And as the months went on, the thicker and cloudier the glass became. She started to confuse me with other people, and ask me the same questions over and over again. She started looking inwards instead of out.

My grandmother was a smart cookie. Her resilience and pride and perhaps also her illness would not let her admit that she was struggling. But I wish that I had better understood what she was going through.

We know that many of us are, and will be, affected by dementia. So it struck me as odd that in the course of my professional life, working typically with people moving into retirement, I have never knowingly had a client in that situation.

In fact, I welcome people with dementia to get in touch with me and I want to make sure that I am able to adapt my service to suit their needs.

A lawyer friend of mine, who specialises in working with the elderly, told me there are courses to help anyone support people with dementia. And that’s how I found the free online course run through the Nottingham based group, Improving Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA). The tips in this course mean that I can make small changes to what I do to be more dementia friendly. Which might just make the glass a little bit clearer.

http://idea.nottingham.ac.uk
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