Getting Surrey talking – Local care home joins The Big Dementia Conversation

A care home in Mitcham is calling on local people to take part in a national conversation to learn more about dementia.
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On Friday 12th January, from 2pm-4pm, Care UK’s Cumberland, on Whitford Gardens, is inviting members of the community for a special event as part of The Big Dementia Conversation – a nationwide initiative designed to encourage people to talk about dementia, including some of the most difficult topics associated with the condition.

According to a recent survey, commissioned by Care UK, eight in ten adults believe dementia is still misunderstood, with 69 percent of the nation believing it’s a subject which is not talked about enough in society. Many people also admit finding the condition uncomfortable to discuss – something Care UK is hoping to change by launching The Big Dementia Conversation.

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The ‘Let’s talk about dementia’ session at Cumberland will be led by the home’s dementia expert and will provide practical advice on what dementia is and how memories are lost, as well as useful tips on how to overcome communication barriers and discover positive approaches to living with the condition.

A care home in Mitcham is calling on local people to take part in the national conversation. Picture: submottedA care home in Mitcham is calling on local people to take part in the national conversation. Picture: submotted
A care home in Mitcham is calling on local people to take part in the national conversation. Picture: submotted

In addition to the event, the Mitcham community can also visit a newly launched online advice hub. The hub takes a closer look at some of the less-talked-about symptoms of dementia, with expert advice from Care UK’s dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition.

Portia Nleya, Home Manager at Cumberland, said: “Here at Cumberland, we strongly believe professional knowledge, insight and shared experiences can make a real difference to the everyday lives of those looking after a loved one living with dementia – which is why we’re thrilled to be taking part in The Big Dementia Conversation.

“Dementia remains a very misunderstood condition, which can affect a person’s personality and behaviour quite significantly. This can be overwhelming for families when a loved one is diagnosed, or when they begin to act in a way that is entirely out of character for them. We’re here to help, and to show that people living with dementia can still lead fulfilling lives and to help shine a light on the many symptoms, including those that are rarely talked about.

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“We are looking forward to welcoming local people and build a community-wide support network.”

To find out more about Care UK’s Big Dementia Conversation initiative, please visit: careuk.com/thebigdementiaconversation

For more information about Cumberland, or to book onto the event, please contact customer relations manager, Amelia Moore, on 0333 4343 021 or email [email protected]

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