Recently I attended a conference on dementia, held by Tibbs Dementia Foundation at Bedford Modern School, which I found very interesting and insightful.
Tibbs Dementia Foundation is a local organisation in the area I live in, Bedfordshire, that aims to create a dementia friendly community, to those who are living with the disease.
The conference I attended consisted of talks from the organisers of the foundation, and also speeches by two men who are living with dementia, who gave a great account of what it’s like to live with the disorder. After the talks, I went around the different workshops and had some great discussions with different people about dementia, where I learnt a lot about the effects it has. I particularly found the dementia Q&A workshop interesting as it allowed me to find out more about dementia and the people who live with it, and many of my questions were answered.
I learnt that dementia is difficult to deal with as there is no treatment or cure, but I found that by dealing with it in the right way, you can make a positive impact on the lives of the people living with it.
I found the evening very insightful, and am inspired by the great work that the Tibbs Dementia Foundation are doing. I now want to expand on what I learnt at the conference, and apply myself to help dementia sufferers feel more comfortable in the great dementia community that Tibbs are creating. I am currently in the process of organising volunteering in a dementia home, as I really want to make a difference where possible.
You can find the foundation here on their website if you are interested in seeing what they do -http://www.tibbsdementia.co.uk/index.html