Dementia charity events for Bedfordshire’s family carers Image: Dementia Adventure

Family Carers Events run by specialist charity Dementia Adventure

Dementia Adventure is holding events for Bedfordshire residents, who look after loved ones with dementia. Dementia is now one of the main causes of disability later in life.

According to recent findings of Alzheimer’s Society, those affected by dementia are still waiting for Government care reforms. The complexity of the condition, which can account for the costly care bills, has left family carers struggling to cope with day-to-day life.

With the increasing pressure placed on family members, Essex-based charity, Dementia Adventure, introduced its Family Carers Events to make help and advice as accessible as possible.

Carers are given advice and practical tips on how to connect with their loved ones, how to overcome communication barriers and ways to continue ‘living’ with dementia, including the benefits of contact with nature and the outdoors.

The events also offer the opportunity to network with local support organisations and other family carers.

Anne Swindell, previously volunteered for Dementia Adventure, but has since been a recipient of its support when her mum was diagnosed with dementia, said:

“After my mum was diagnosed, it was like her existing capacity was lost. We became invisible; even for us as carers, it is very isolating. This is where Dementia Adventure has played a very important part in my family’s life – they see you.”

Dementia is one of the main causes of disability later in life, ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Family carers are relied upon to support loved ones with the condition for anywhere between three and 20 years.

Simon Thorp, head of Business Development and Innovation at Dementia Adventure, said:

“We understand how difficult it can be for family members and others who are supporting loved ones with dementia to easily access information which is positive, convenient and also free of charge.

“For anyone who is supporting someone with dementia on an informal or unpaid basis, we highly recommend attending one of these events, where you can also meet others who are in the same position.”

Dementia Adventure’s Family Carers Events will take place in the following locations:

  • Bedford, 16 August Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7PZ
  • Biggleswade, 6 September Sea Cadet HQ, Station Rd, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL

For more details on these events, visit www.dementiaadventure.co.uk.