Understanding Dementia is a one-hour information session designed to help people find out more about dementia and what it can be like to live with the condition.

The informal, interactive sessions are designed to help anyone find out more about what someone living with dementia might be experiencing and how they can help - as a relative, friend, or neighbour.

The session has been developed by Alzheimer's Support's Trainer and Volunteer Manager Annie Clayton who has more than a decade of experience supporting people to understand more about dementia. Since launching the programme in 2022 more than 300 people have taken part in sessions. 

What to expect at a session

The sessions are led by Annie, another member of Alzheimer's Support staff or a trained, experienced volunteer. They includes:   

  • What is dementia, signs and symptoms, most common types and causes
  • How dementia affects the person
  • Tips on supporting people to ‘live as well as they can’ with dementia 
  • The benefits of having a diagnosis

It's informal and friendly, with time for questions and sharing insights.

What they say

Annie is a gifted trainer and I learned so much today.
The use of non-medical language and real life examples to explain dementia were so refreshing. With my new knowledge, I have better tools and confidence to engage people with dementia. 

How to find out more or book your session

Please get in touch on the links below to see the best way for you or your organisation to attend a session. We run frequent public sessions in Wiltshire and can arrange additional workshop for your organisation. Please note we normally charge £10 a head for business groups.

Arrange a bespoke session for your group

Find a public session near you

More dementia training for professionals

Email Annie for more information about Understanding Dementia