Dementia: How to fight the disease and help sufferers in your rural community ...

Not all dementia care requires specialist help. Some can be given by the local community.

When someone is diagnosed with the disease, when they have dementia signs and symptoms such as memory loss, placing items in unusual places and getting lost in familiar locations, it can be hard to work out what dementia care to give them.

This problem is worse in the countryside, where two thirds of people with the condition are based.

Dementia sufferers in rural areas may feel a “double jeopardy”, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. They can feel excluded and disempowered, as well as being unable to access support and take part in basic aspects of community life, like going to the shops.

To help communities combat the issue the Alzheimer’s Society has launched a guide, Dementia: Rural Communities Guide, tested in over 350 areas, telling people how to fight the condition locally.

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Dementia sufferers in rural areas may feel a “double jeopardy”. They can feel excluded and disempowered, as well as being unable to access support and take part in basic aspects of community life, like going to the shops.

Alzheimer's Society

1. Meet

Getting together as a community can help engage neighbours and local residents in the project.

The guide recommends delivering a ‘dementia friendly’ session at a local community or parish meeting, or coffee morning.

2. Create an action plan

“It is useful to have someone who leads the group, coordinates activities and others who can get the word out,” says the guide.

Different tasks should be allocated between individuals within the group to help the project become a success.

If there are leadership issues, you could try rotating this role between group members.

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