Interactive Dementia Awareness Experience
The Clare Foundation team were invited to attend the Interactive Dementia Awareness Experience event in Marlow last week by Makyla Devlin, the Community Board Coordinator for South West Chilterns.
The Clare Foundation have been a key partner in delivering joint projects over the past 12 months, including our social isolation project and are the VCSE representative on the Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board. The Board have been working on creating an Age Well action plan in recent months and dementia is recognised as being a health condition which affects a significant number of older adults in the county. Dementia is believed to affect over 9000 Buckinghamshire residents.
Making Marlow Dementia Friendly were able to partner with Marlow Bridge Rotary Club and the South West Chilterns Community Board to offer the awareness experience free of charge and partnered with Training2Care who also helped to deliver the event.
The experience is suitable for anyone who cares for or may regularly come into contact with people with dementia. That could include family or carers of people with dementia, nursing staff, emergency services, retail workers, community volunteers or anyone else who regularly works in our local communities.
Attending the experience offers people with a healthy brain the opportunity to experience what life is like for a person with dementia, through an interactive session held in the Virtual Dementia Tour mobile unit. This is followed by a fully detailed debrief which will include discussion of the experience and learning points that attendees can take away so that they can more confidently support people with dementia that they come into contact with.
Helen Mee, Head of Charity Operations, commented “the interactive dementia awareness experience was eye-opening and insightful. The immersive experience is provided by specialist company Training 2 Care, and has been used for a number of years to help health and social care professionals to gain an understanding of the reality of dementia in order to deliver the best possible care. We were grateful that the training could be opened up to a wider audience; including charity professionals and volunteers, as it gave us all an insight into how we can support people living with dementia better, and create more dementia friendly communities in Bucks.”
Training 2 CAREs managing director, Glenn Knight comments “The Virtual Dementia Tour is quickly becoming the UKs leading training for people who come into direct or indirect contact with people with dementia. Whether you are a family member, shop, service or care provider having a new perspective on dementia really can make the difference. With 1 in 3 people expected to die of dementia related diseases and an aging population now really is the time to make the change and improve the lives of people with dementia.”