Age Scotland’s Early Stage Dementia Project is funded by the Life Changes Trust to support the charity in developing dementia awareness training for our staff, member groups, volunteers and partners. In her guest blog, Training Officer Gwen James gives us an overview of what our member groups told us they want to know about early stage dementia and the training that has been developed as a result.
Age Scotland’s Early Stage Dementia Project is well under way!
The first part of the project was to travel around Scotland to find out how much people know about early stage dementia. We visited many of our member groups, spoke to colleagues from other organisations, and gained some valuable and varied feedback.
Common themes from our consultations were that many people would like to know how they can reduce their risks of developing dementia, and that people would like to find out more about the support available both for those with a diagnosis, and for their friends and relatives.
As a result of this feedback we have started working on information resources. These will be available as publications and online. They will cover a variety of areas relating to dementia, from the signs and symptoms to how to live well with a diagnosis.
We’ve also developed training about early stage dementia. All of Age Scotland’s staff and volunteers have been trained, and we are now offering the training to our member groups and partners across Scotland. Initial feedback has been extremely positive and has already contributed towards making Age Scotland better at supporting those with early stage dementia.
Our training covers the following areas:
- What is dementia?
- Signs and symptoms
- Reducing the risk
- Communication hints and tips
- Diagnosis and living well with dementia
- Staying independent with dementia
We have arranged a number of training sessions across Scotland, which are free of charge for our members and partners to attend:
- 19th April – Dundee
- 4th May – Aberdeen
- 10th May – Falkirk
- 18th May – Dumfries
- 25th May – Inverness
- 8th June – Perth
- 16th June – Stirling
We are also happy to travel to our member groups and partner organisations to deliver free training.
If you have any suggestions or contributions for the project team, or if you are interested in receiving training with your group, please contact us by emailing ESDteam@agescotland.org.uk or calling us on 0333 32 32 400.