A care home in Sevenoaks is calling on local people to take part in a national conversation to learn more about dementia.
On Tuesday 30th January, from 2pm-4pm, Care UK’s Weald Heights, on Bourchier Close, is inviting members of the community for a special event as part of The Big Dementia Conversation – a nationwide initiative designed to encourage people to talk about dementia, including some of the most difficult topics associated with the condition.
According to a recent survey, commissioned by Care UK, eight in ten adults believe dementia is still misunderstood, with 69 percent of the nation believing it’s a subject which is not talked about enough in society. Many people also admit finding the condition uncomfortable to discuss – something Care UK is hoping to change by launching The Big Dementia Conversation.
The ‘Lets talk about dementia’ session at Weald Heights will be led by the home’s dementia expert and will provide practical advice on what dementia is and how memories are lost, as well as useful tips on how to overcome communication barriers and discover positive approaches to living with the condition.
In addition to the event, the Sevenoaks community can also visit a newly launched online advice hub. The hub takes a closer look at some of the less-talked-about symptoms of dementia, with expert advice from Care UK’s dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition.
Maria Covington, Home Manager at Weald Heights, said: “Dementia affects millions of lives every year, not just those diagnosed but also their families and friends. We understand how difficult it can be navigating the changes that come when caring for a loved one living with dementia, and the many questions people have.
“Here at Weald Heights, we recognise the importance and value of talking to one another, whether that be sharing advice or concerns, seeking support, or sometimes simply having someone there to listen. The Big Dementia Conversation offers the perfect opportunity for families to come together, learn from the experts, and find comfort in those in a similar position.
“With extensive experience caring for residents living with the condition, the team here at Weald Heights have a lot of knowledge and advice to share. We’re looking forward to welcoming the local community and sharing this advice for what we anticipate will be an incredibly helpful afternoon for all involved.”