Dementia Friendly Leeds 17

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40 people gathered at the Ziff centre in Moortown on October 22nd to learn about the importance of the spiritual needs of older people as well as their physical needs and how to make our faith communities more dementia friendly.

Daphne Wallace retired consultant psychiatrist and an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society described her experience as someone who has vascular dememtia. She emphasised the importance of seeing the person first before their dementia and that every person’s experience of dementia is different.

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Gaynor Hammond, retired Baptist minster shared her experiences of working with people in the later stages of dementia. ‘We need to enter their world and be in the moment with them rather than expecting them to be part of our world, then we’ll see the person behind the dementia’.