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Carers support course launched in Crumlin

People caring for someone with dementia are being offered the chance to learn more about the disease and how it affects the individual in a series of courses being run by Alzheimer’s Society in the Northern Trust area.

The courses aim to help carers understand more about the condition and its symptoms, including the sort of behaviours that people may display which can at times be challenging. By understanding more about dementia the courses help people to cope better with caring for the individual.

Wilma McIlroy, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker, said: “Relatives of people with dementia often say that it can be really frustrating when someone doesn’t want to change their clothes, have a shower or sleep at night, especially if the person doesn’t accept that there is anything wrong with them.

“Understanding how the person is trying to make sense of the world, and how they feel about the losses they are experiencing, can help relatives to be more patient and cope better. This, in turn, helps the person with dementia to be more content.

“The courses will also help people to better understand the changes that occur as dementia progresses and there will be the opportunity for carers to discuss the difficulties they face and what tactics work for them.”

A carer, who attended one of the new workshops recently, said: “It has completely changed the way I think about my Dad and his behaviour. I’ve passed on lots of tips to the rest of my family and so it’s had a big impact on us.”

The next four week course starts on Thursday, March 27 in Crumlin Integrated College, Glenavy Road, Crumlin from 1pm to 3.30pm. There are 12 places available on the course.

For more information, or to register, contact Wilma McIlroy at the Antrim/Ballymena office of Alzheimer’s Society on 94461717, mobile no. 07730195234 or email wilma.mcilroy@alzheimers.org.uk

 

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