Kettering support sessions to help Alzheimer’s carers

Corn Market Hall, London Road, Kettering
Corn Market Hall, London Road, Kettering

People caring for someone with dementia are being offered the chance to learn more about the condition in a series of courses in Kettering next month.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Carers Information and Support Programme (CRISP) is designed to help carers cope with the impact of dementia and enables them to prepare for the future.

Through a series of workshops, carers can talk in a friendly and confidential environment about their experiences. The aim of the courses is that by understanding more about dementia, people will be able to cope better with caring for the individual.

The three-session course takes place at the Corn Market Hall, London Road, Kettering on March 10, 17 and 24. The sessions cover topics such as living with change as dementia progresses. Each session lasts two and a half hours.

There are about 7,500 people living with dementia in Northamptonshire.

Dave Bassett, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Northamptonshire, said: “Relatives of people with dementia often say that it can be really frustrating when someone doesn’t want to change their clothes, have a shower or sleep at night, especially if the person doesn’t accept that there is anything wrong with them.

“Understanding how the person is trying to make sense of the world, and how they feel about the losses they are experiencing, can help relatives to be more patient and cope better. This, in turn, helps the person with dementia to be more content.

“The courses will also help people to better understand the changes that occur as dementia progresses and there will be the opportunity for carers to discuss the difficulties they face and what tactics work for them.”

For more information contact the Northamptonshire office of Alzheimer’s Society on 01832 736670.