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Support for dementia carers

PEOPLE in the region caring for someone with dementia can sign up to a free one-day training programme.

It is offered as part of Dumfries and Galloway’s new Carers’ Academy and will explain the effects of dementia and teach practical skills such as oral health care, eating and drinking support and personal care.

Wendy Chambers, the Alzheimer Scotland dementia consultant at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, said: “I can’t over-emphasise how important it is to support people who are caring for someone with dementia.

“People all across the region are providing support and looking after spouses, parents, neighbours, other relatives or friends with a condition like Alzheimer’s, and it isn’t easy. Like any caring job, it takes time, patience and dedication – and it also takes skill.

“The Carers’ Academy is here to help these people.”

She also hopes it will give carers a place to meet, talk and get support.

The first carers’ class takes place on Tuesday, March 19, at the UWS campus on Bankend Road, Dumfries, with others planned for later this year.

To find out more, email [email protected]

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