We shared our experiences and learnings from the past few years gained by supporting people as they get older and as more people are diagnosed with dementia. We are very keen to share our learning and insights with others to ensure the best support possible for people with dementia or suspected of having dementia. There have been challenges we have faced as a provider and we have also learnt about the particular challenges that face people with a learning disability as they get older. We shared our solutions to address these challenges which has included the highly successful Dementia Special Interest Group, primarily set up for MacIntyre staff but also attended by families and friends.
We spoke about the MacIntyre Dementia Project, which is funded by the Department of Health for 3 years. The project aims to raise awareness of dementia and people with a learning disability plus provide resources and learning opportunities for staff to provide better care and support.
The MacIntyre Dementia Project was one of three presentations at the workshop. In another presentation, Jeremy Hughes, CEO of The Alzheimers Society, talked about how the health and social care system can better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia. Additionally, Shaid Zaman presented the research being undertaken at The University of Cambridge in Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down’s syndrome.
We were delighted to be a part of the event alongside many other experts in the industry and we look forward to continuing to share our insights from the Dementia Project in the future.
Karen Duggan, MacIntyre Dementia Project Manager