A Haverhill social care worker who specialises in dementia care is planning a big event to raise awareness of the condition.
NathalieGilder wants to run an awareness evening to help give people a better understand of the disorder, and she is appealing for help to find a venue and for speakers.
Nathalie who manages Cambridge Care Company in Station Road – a private company which is contracted Suffolk social services to provide care and support for people with dementia – said she believes if people know more about the condition they would be more willing to help.
“I feel there is a fear factor of people when they see people with dementia. Sometime we have the police call us after a member of the public has reported someone wandering around confused. But if more people knew the right things to do to help, they wouldn’t be so scared,” she said.
“People with dementia don’t just lose their memories, they can also lose their friends. This is because people with dementia can start to behave differently, and sometimes those friends might not understand or know how to react.
“However, it is possible to live well with dementia especially with the support of friends and, no matter how big or small, every action counts.”
Dementia is a chronic disorder of mental processes caused by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes or injuries.
Nathalie, who said the statistics point to one in three people getting dementia, said she was looking for a venue in or around Haverhill and speakers and raffle prizes.
“I am currently working with the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance on a dementia care coach programme where I have gained lots of knowledge and tools to use in practise,” she said.
“The dementia care coach programme has also enabled me to become a dementia friends champion through the new dementia friends campaign to promote dementia-friendly communities.
“I feel it would be of great benefit to our community to organise an awareness evening with speakers, a dementia friends session, and a performance put on by a local drama group or a school based on dementia.
“This will help to make Haverhill a dementia-friendly community and improve the quality of so many lives – not just those diagnosed with the condition but those who care for their loved ones who have been diagnosed with dementia,” she added.
Contact Nathalie on firstname.lastname@example.org