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Boston backs Dementia Awareness Week

Businesses, community organisations, health and care professionals and members of the public joined forces to support Dementia Awareness Week in Boston this month.

The aim of a week of activities was to highlight  dementia, improve care, offer help and understanding and urgently find a cure.

A number of events took place including educational events, activity sessions for people living with dementia, information stands and Dementia Friends sessions. Many helped spread awareness online and through social media.

If you missed the events but would like any information or support about dementia please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or call the Alzheimer's Society on 0300 222 1122.

Nurse, Mandy Smith said: "My experience of the Virtual Dementia training bus was amazing.  The experience made me feel vulnerable and it was difficult to understand the instructions I was being given. The trainer on the bus was amazing and the information he gave was so interesting. I felt afraid to do anything unless I was given instructions to say it was ok to do. The training has given me a better understanding of how a patient feels living with Dementia.  It was one of the most disturbing experiences I have had in all the years of nursing but one of the most valuable."

Dr Niemotko also did the Virtual Dementia training and stated it was absolutely fantastic, everyone should do this training just to get an understanding of what a person with Dementia faces every day. Dr Niemotko went to see a lady with Dementia the day after the training and approached the lady in a different way and she lifted her head and smiled. This patient hasn't done this for a few years.

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