Supporting People with Young Onset Dementia
and their Families
The aim of this two-day course is to provide information about young onset dementia and to develop an understanding of the impact of a diagnosis of dementia for younger people affected by the condition and their families and carers. This course is co-delivered with 'experts by experience' - people living with young onset dementia and carers.
The course is based on the publication 'Approaching an unthinkable future' documenting the experiences and feelings of people living with young onset dementia. A copy of the publication will be given to all delegates upon completion of the course.
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
Describe dementia, its causes, signs and symptoms.
Demonstrate an understanding of the difficulties associated with diagnosing young onset dementia
Understand the experience of dementia for the person with the diagnosis and their family
Explain the purpose of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Explain the social care needs of a younger person with dementia.
Describe the social care needs of the family of a younger person with dementia.
Describe a range of different approaches and activities that can be used when working with a younger person with dementia
List a variety of organisations that can assist with practical, legal and financial questions that younger people with dementia and their families may face
Who can attend:
The course is suitable for anyone who is supporting or may support people living with young onset dementia. Young onset dementia is the term use to describe anyone with dementia under the age of 65 years.
Day 1 - 19th October 2017, 9.30 am to 4.30pm
Day 2 - 20th October 2017, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Course trainer: Julia Pitkin
Julia trained as an occupational therapist and has a post graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. She is the UK’s first certified Validation Trainer in Dementia Care, completing her training in Pennsylvania, USA. Her decision to specialise in dementia care was influenced by her work as a quality care auditor for a private sector accreditation company and for the former National Care Standards Commission, where she identified training needs for staff caring for people living with dementia in care homes. Her specialist interest and passion is in person-centred listening and communication, having recently made a training film called ‘Conversations that Matter: breaking through dementia’.
Carer Speaker - Suzy Webster
Suzy Webster's specialist area of dementia care and the knowledge base for her training is informed on the moment to moment care of her Mum who lives with young onset dementia in their multi-generational home.
Suzy also has a passion for promoting good practice in care homes for older people through the My Home Life programme and is privileged to work alongside residents, relatives and staff to share their experiences informing the wider public of the many great things happening in care homes around Wales.
Suzy has worked as a Social Worker, Dementia Outreach Worker and Expert by Experience, accompanying the Care Quality Commission on care home inspections in England.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days.
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Dementia Pathfinders CIC
'Encouraging togetherness and learning in dementia care'
Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company is a social enterprise delivering education and learning for people working in the dementia care field and providing therapeutic care and support for people with dementia and their families.
Learning with Experts in Dementia