The Living Well with Dementia Service has created short programmes for people living with dementia and their families. The aim of the groups is provide education and practical advice to support you during your dementia. The groups also provide an opportunity to meet other people who have been diagnosed with dementia which we have found through feedback to be one of the most important aspects. Each group is run differently and the nurse specialist and occupational therapist will assess to ensure you avail of the most appropriate group.
Post Diagnostic Memory Group
It can be difficult to adjust to a diagnosis of dementia and it can be a challenging time, however there are many things you can do to that can help you manage your diagnosis. A good way to start is by attending the post diagnosis memory group which is a 4 week programme for you and a family member or friend. It is a small group that is facilitated by the dementia nurse specialist, occupational therapist, and the social worker. We cover a range of topics including brain health and education, practical strategies that can support memory, keeping socially connected and staying independent, and planning for the future. This group is suitable for people who are early in their dementia diagnosis.
Our psychosocial programme runs for 4 weeks and is a small group of people living with dementia and their family member or carer support. The programme is facilitated by the dementia nurse specialist, occupational therapist and the social worker. This group is suitable for people who are at a moderate stage of dementia.
Family Carer Education Programme
The family carer programme is facilitated over two days and provides education about dementia, strategies and and practical advice to support your role. Meeting others who are in similar caring roles can be good peer support through your shared understanding. The programme covers topics such as; understanding dementia, how you can support the person with dementia, addressing risks; changed behaviours, sensory changes, nutrition, social activities and planning for the future dementia. This group is suitable for people who are caring for a person with dementia at any stage.