Giving dementia carers hope through COVID-19

30 March 2020

Jim and Nina

Nina supports her husband Jim, who has dementia. Last year she was feeling isolated, lonely and a bit desperate as she had no help or support. Then she discovered Dementia Adventure.

Nina says: “Dementia Adventure really inspired me. It’s hard not to feel sorry for yourself. But it’s given me a fire to keep going. They gave me information, tips and tricks, I got some training, but more importantly I got life experience from other carers – and that’s what was so amazing about their support.”

At this extremely difficult time, with day centres closed and restrictions on physical contact, people with dementia and their carers are more isolated than ever before.

Dementia Adventure has found a new way to continue supporting people like Nina.

Providing optimism in uncertain times

In response to COVID-19, Dementia Adventure are now running online dementia support sessions, providing invaluable support in such uncertain and challenging times.

Those who join can speak to qualified dementia trainers, ask them questions, receive practical tips and share how they’re feeling with other dementia carers.

For many, the sessions are uplifting and help them feel more optimistic about their situation: “I feel so much more positive leaving the session than when I started. I realised there’s a life after dementia.”

Positive and empowering support

This is a worrying time for families looking after someone with dementia. Dementia Adventure’s online sessions provide reassurance that there is support and guidance available to those living with dementia and their carers. “Coping with dementia, you do need help, and you do need to ask for help, and there is help out there. I now know that there is so much support available”.

The sessions also help carers to overcome communication barriers and understand how to connect with loved ones who have dementia: “It gave me an insight into how mum must be feeling. Although she struggles to express that herself, I now can see it from her perspective.”

Now more than ever, it’s important for people to stay connected. Sessions give advice on how to stay connected and occupied. Sharing with others who are in the same situation also helps carers feel less isolated: “It helps you realise you are not on your own. My thoughts and worries are normal.”

Find out more

If you want more information or you’re interested in reserving a place on a free session, please visit the Dementia Adventure website.