Dementia Awareness

Diana, from Aspire Housing, delivered a most informative and interesting session about raising awareness of Dementia. 38 year 10 Health and Social Care pupils, along with Mrs Goodwin and Ms Deakin, took part in the interactive session.

The session began with a heads and tails activity which helped us all to gain further knowledge of what Dementia is and how it affects people. An activity that listed how we made a cup of tea revealed some fascinating methods of tea making within the group! It also helped us to see how a person with Dementia could have issues with an everyday task that we take for granted. Diana helped us to develop our knowledge further by the interesting and humbling case studies she shared with us. At the end of the session we all gained our Dementia Friend status and received a badge with a Forget me not flower on. Finally we all made a pledge to help in some way to raise awareness of the issues connected with Dementia.

The 5 key messages from the talk were: Dementia is not a natural part of ageing; Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain; Dementia is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks; it is possible to live well with Dementia and finally there’s more to a person than just the Dementia. The pupils are now looking at putting the theory into practice and we are looking for opportunities to do this. We would like to thank Diana for a really interesting session. It has certainly raised awareness of Dementia and we look forward to working with Diana and Aspire Housing in the future.