Helping people with learning disabilities understand ageing and dementia
A new handbook, Talking Together: Facilitating peer support activities to help people with learning disabilities understand about growing older and living with dementia has been published.
Christine Towers, who wrote the handbook after facilitating peer support groups with Cindy Glover, said:
“More needs to be done to help people with learning disabilities understand the changes associated with the ageing process and dementia. People with a learning disability are at greater risk of developing dementia compared to the rest of the population and the risk is significantly higher for people with Down’s syndrome.
The timing of this handbook is particularly important because with the move from residential care to supported living, more people are in shared houses in the community and will need support to cope with dementia if they or one of their housemates develop the disease.”
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