As you know we regularly review the content of our Information Session, based on feedback from Champions and people affected by dementia, and our latest research, to make sure we are giving out clear and up to date messages. With this in mind, we’ve made a few small changes for you to be aware of when you next run your Information Session:
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
We’ve simplified the explanation for this statement, to make it easier for you to explain. The new statement now reads:
“This is our second key message.
In the same way that any other organ can be damaged by disease (e.g., kidney disease, liver disease), dementia is caused when diseases physically damage the brain.
Imagine that the brain is a collection of thousands of fairy lights, each representing a memory, a skill or a function of the brain. Now imagine that dementia is causing some of those lights to flicker, dim or switch off completely. For each person this will happen in a different order and different “lights” will be affected.”
Five key messages
We’ve added in a reminder to recap the five key messages after you’ve gone through all the expanded statements- we want to make sure those key messages sink in!
The Bookcase Analogy
We’ve been informed that actually plywood can be a very strong material! To make it clearer that the factual bookcase is a ‘wobbly’ one, we have reworded this part of the analogy to read:
“Picture a bookcase made from a flimsy piece of wood which has been poorly constructed.”
Find the complete bookcase analogy text here.
To avoid confusing questions about the mental capacity act, we have reworded some of the activities. They now read as:
“Can you vote in an election, making an informed decision? “
“Can you still have a relationship with your partner?”
Find the complete list of statements here.
Turning understanding into action
We’ve added in a suggested action of getting involved in Join Dementia Research.
Regional Support Officers are out of the office quite a lot, so we would encourage you to contact the Dementia Friends team directly if anything should be shared in your Session which makes you concerned about someone’s safety. Please call the Dementia Friends team on 0207 264 2662.
If you would like to discuss any of these changes, or suggest any changes for the next version, speak to your RSO, and thanks for making sure you are up to date with the Information Session resources!