Dementia Friends

Published on 13th February, 2018

Learning how to be a Dementia Friend

Over fifty people attended a one-hour training session
organised in conjunction with 
Alzheimer’s Society last Monday in All Saints’ Church, Rhiwbina.
The visiting speaker led us to challenge many of the negative preconceptions which are commonly associated with dementia,
stressing that the disease is progressive,
and that it is possible to live well with dementia.
We learned simple techniques whereby we can make our churches
dementia-friendly environments.
We were encouraged to identify ourselves by wearing
Forget-Me-Not badges,
and to enrol in the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative.

This was an extremely worthwhile and enlightening experience
which helped us to put ourselves in the place of members of our congregations
and people in the wider community who are living with dementia,
so that we are better able to help them cope with feelings of disorientation
which many of them experience.