Thanks for Sharing in Dementia Awareness Week 2014

Dementia Awareness Week 2014 ran from 18-24 May in England. This year, it was aimed at getting people to talk about dementia and seek support.

Dementia Carers talk about Dementia

Two carers who have used MindCare Dementia Support services in Bromley and Lewisham featured in a series of videos.

Bromley resident, Tom Wearden has cared for his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, for 16 years at home. Tom said,

“Very few people understand what 24/7 caring for someone with dementia is really like. From personal experience as a carer, I know how it can feel to be taken for granted by care professionals. Caring for someone can be a lonely experience. By sharing my experience in these videos, I hope other dementia carers will learn some useful tips, will find they are not alone in what they are experiencing and seek support.”

Christine from Lewisham, has cared for her husband with Alzheimer’s for 13 years. Christine said,

“The experience of caring for someone with dementia can be very melancholic but it is increasingly a very real part of life. It needs to be shared and talked about. I hope my video conversations help other carers understand they are not alone and there is support available…”

Thank you for sharing and watching the videos.

Open Days at Bromley MindCare Centres

The MindCare centres in St Paul’s Wood, Orpington and Beckenham held open days on 19 and 23 May respectively. Family carers and care professionals were invited to come and experience an afternoon at a MindCare centre and sample the activities and witness the positive impact on clients with dementia and their families.