Carers from Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North, the Comet’s Charity of the Year, had the chance to engage in a Q&A session about dementia.
Carers at the Hitchin carers’ cafe group, who meet at The Croft in Bancroft, attended a session led by Cate Mitcham, a dementia support worker from the Alzheimer’s Society.
Jo Wilkinson, executive assistant for Crossroads Care said: “Many of the carers are looking after a loved one living with dementia and they wanted to find out more about the different types of dementia, the early signs and problems, what to look out for, what to expect and how it affects individuals.”
Carers were told Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia caused by physical changes in the brain, which lead to problems with memory, thinking and actions.
The support worker was able to answer questions and give tips and advice on how to approach issues and deal with concerns and sometimes difficult situations.
Cate said: “When you’re caring for someone with dementia, it can be all too easy to ignore your own needs and to forget that you matter too. But it’s much easier to cope if you look after your own health and wellbeing, and there is lots of support available. Contact Alzheimer’s Society if you want to find out about getting practical help to care for someone with dementia or just talk to someone who understands.”
Caroline Harding, a carer and volunteer for Crossroads said: “It was a very good session and extremely helpful being able to ask Cate questions. She was brilliant and very informative.”
Crossroads Care works closely with the Alzheimer’s Society to support carers who are looking after a loved one suffering with one of the many types of dementia.
The carers’ cafe group meets at The Croft bar and restaurant in Bancroft, Hitchin on the first and third Thursday of every month.
To contact the local branch of Alzheimer’s Society call 01462 433999.