Monday, 22 September 2014

Last Week I Became a Dementia Friend.

As a part of my job, I have to do a huge amount of continuing professional development, most of it is very dry and dull involving lots of reading and keeping up to date with case law and legislation. But last week I did some training which was genuinely eye opening -

I became a dementia friend.
Dementia Friends

Dementia is a scare word, most people struggle to find the positives in living with a condition that slowly robs us of our memories. The Alzheimer’s society is spearheading a campaign to help people understand the dementia and the challenges that everyone faces when dealing with it.
There are five key things that you need to know -
  • ·         Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process.
  • ·         Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
  • ·         It is not just about losing your memory.
  • ·         It's possible to live well with it.
  • ·         There is more to the person than the dementia.


When you become a Dementia Friend you learn a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and your are enabled to turn your understanding into action in your everyday life - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.

The nature of our business means that we regularly meet clients who are living with dementia so it is important that our staff understand the challenges families face. The dementia friends training, didn't take long but was eye opening it challenged a number of preconceptions and I truly believe it will help me to serve our clients better.

The next step for me is to go on to become a dementia champion, which means more training towards the end of October, This will not only give me a greater understanding of living with dementia, it will enable me to bring other advisors into the circle of dementia friends. Will & Probate Services is committed to providing the best planning services for people living with dementia and I am committed to helping other professionals join the initiative so that they can serve their elder clients properly.

Whatever you do, from helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, or helping with planning for life with dementia every action counts.


You can contact Will & Probate Services on 01778 382723. www.will-probate.co.uk or find out more about the Dementia Friends initiative at www.dementiafriends.org.uk