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I am a registered psychologist with 8 years experience working in care and 5 directly with clients with dementia. I now run a day centre for people with dementia in beautiful Northumberland. Our emphasis is on keeping people active and enabling them at the same time keeping them entertained during the day in a happy safe environment. We want to support people to stay at home as long as possible if that, of course, is their wish. I am particularly interested in people with early onset dementia, as I feel they may have very few support groups. I understand the process of dementia mainly from people that have had it for a while, but not from people newly diagnosed, and so would appreciate a current idea of the processes involved in accepting this diagnosis.
I have a great deal of experience working with people with dementia. I also come into close contact with their family and care managers, as well as other care professionals and voluntary or charitable services in my area.
I hope to bring together as many people as possible to share their ideas. It's very important to me, to hear what people who have recently been diagnosed have to say. It is just as important to learn about what relatives of people with dementia go through. From the emotional to the practical changes in your lives? If you have advice, even if it's just one tiny little thing, then please share it with us. In time, I hope to provide a practical support group for people with dementia or people experiencing dementia in some way. I want to help people be as positive as is possible when confronted with this disease.
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