Talking about dementia & carers support
We hosted an online event with the Bank Workers Charity on 10 August 2022 to look at what dementia is and the unique challenges of being a carer for someone with dementia. This webinar also explores some of the not-so-obvious lifestyle changes that help lower our risk of developing dementia and discuss the support available through the Bank Workers Charity and the innovation in dementia support generally.
We asked Heena Kang, from the Bank Workers Charity, to come and talk to our members about:
- Dementia and the early signs
- The unique challenges of caring for someone with dementia
- Supporting the wellbeing of carers and people with dementia
- Lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing dementia
- Examples of the Bank Workers Charity’s support
- Innovation in dementia support
“It’s estimated that one in 14 people aged over 65 has dementia, and the likelihood of developing it increases significantly with age. In fact, one in six people over 80 live with the condition. It is an unpredictable and progressive disease, with no cure at present. Carers and those with dementia can find themselves isolated, frustrated and emotionally exhausted.”
Watch the webinar
Living with dementia can have a huge emotional, social, psychological and practical impact, but there is a great deal of support available to help both you and your family or carer.
Most of the support and care resources for people with dementia are organised by the NHS and the adult social services department of your local council, but other organisations, including charities, work to provide invaluable services, too.
Even if you feel that you don't need support right now, it's a good idea to know what's available and plan ahead.
That's why we teamed up with the Bank Workers Charity for this wellbeing webinar.
Support from the Bank Workers Charity
How to access support for someone with dementia
This guide highlights the support and services available from BWC and other organisations. It is aimed at people living with dementia and families or carers.
How to reduce the risk or progression of dementia
This guide provides an introduction to dementia, including advice on reducing the risk or slowing the progression of the condition.
There are many sources of support available to you, we'll start with general support:
- LBG’s Employee Assistance Programme (Validium): 0800 9700 100
- TSB's Employee Assistance Programme: 0800 0856 348
- Bank Workers Charity: 0800 0234 834 or https://www.bwcharity.org.uk/
- NHS Dementia guide
- Dementia UK helpline: 0800 888 6678 or [email protected]
- Alzheimer's Society: 0333 150 3456 or https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support
- Dementia UK: 0800 888 6678 or https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/
Mental health support
- NHS Dementia guide
- Mind mental health charity: https://www.mind.org.uk/
- Samaritans: 116 123 — https://www.samaritans.org/
- NHS Every mind matters
And remember, if you’re an Accord member and need a chat about support at work, call the helpline on 0118 934 1808.
Find more mental health related articles on our website.
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The Accord Equality Diversity & Inclusion group’s aim is to maximise our members' potential, regardless of background, and ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. It’s a place where diversity is celebrated, without prejudice or judgement. It’s a chance to collectively learn from our experiences and enrich all our lives.