Dementia training for residents of Clydesdale

The advent of Zoom meetings means more people than ever before can access training.

The association’s Dementia Education Project runs three bespoke programs.

Dementia Awareness covers topics relevant to understanding dementia and including people with the condition.

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Dementia Inclusion is designed to help clubs, groups and community organizations operate in a way that enables people with dementia to be included and involved as fully as possible.

And the Rights of Dementia Carers Workshop can help unpaid carers of people with dementia better understand their rights and how to access them.

With new dates available from January to March, Age Scotland encourages locals to register now.

In order to ensure that training opportunities are as accessible and inclusive as possible, the association also offers a self-learning platform which allows caregivers to learn about their rights when it suits them.

Sandra Brown, Age Scotland’s dementia training co-ordinator, said: “With around 93,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and that number is set to rise over the next decade, early diagnosis of the condition is crucial. and may help improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

“Our free and accessible training aims to raise awareness of dementia, the signs and symptoms and how to include people living with the disease.

“We are also proud to provide free and accessible training for unpaid carers to ensure they have a better understanding of their rights and how to access them. There is strong evidence that many caregivers are unaware of their rights and this lack of knowledge can be a barrier to accessing vital support.

“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, our team has been providing online training via Zoom. The online element means that people from more remote communities can participate as easily as people from larger cities where the in-person training would have taken place. It is also a chance to bring together people from different fields for a very enriching exchange of ideas.

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