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Latest friends finish course

NEW DEMENTIA friends in Eastergate have found out how to help people with the condition.


Some nine individuals attended the latest information session about making changes the way they view dementia.


Those who attended Monday’s event – the second to be held – at Eastergate Village Hall were parish council officials, clergy, carers and members of the public. Organiser Peter Rolt said they thought it had been a worthwhile occasion.


Peter and his wife, Cheryl, are dementia friends champions. Cheryl is the home manager at Walberton Place care home.


The home, in Yapton Lane is due to open later this year. Operated by Country Court Care, it will have 80 en-suite bedrooms, each with a walk-in wet room.


The home will provide care for people who have residential needs and for those who have dementia.


Cheryl and Peter, who is the home’s customer relations manager, feel it is important to spread the word about how to help those with dementia.


“We just want to get people to talk about dementia, without having the stigma attached to it, to inform others and realise that people with dementia can still live well,” she said.


The next information session has been requested by the Village Friends helpers who visit elderly people in their homes.

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