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Families benefiting from Harrogate dementia support group

Families benefiting from Harrogate dementia support group

Published at 6:02am 9th January 2018. (Updated at 8:57am 9th January 2018)

A new support group in Harrogate is already making a big difference to families affected by dementia.

Dementia Connection was set up for the children of sufferers, because they often miss out on practical and emotional help whilst caring for a parent.

The group was formed by Louise Hanen, Ruth Sprowell and Carla Wise, who decided to address the problem after their own personal experiences of dementia.

Louise said: "We're signposting them, we're giving them advice, but more importantly, they're getting an opportunity to come away and have a chat about how they feel about their parent who has got dementia. Hopefully, that helps them in the decisions that they're going to have to make along that journey and there is somebody there for them as well.

"We're going to be getting speakers in, as the year progresses. We've got the Alzheimer's Society coming in February and Dementia Forward are coming in March. We're bringing in the experts to talk and I think they're finding that very helpful, because we're taking it to them - they're not having to go and seek it out.

"It can be tragic for the families, because they're seeing the person that they knew as their mother or father completely change and all the challenges that brings. There's a bit of stubbornness around it as well. People are saying 'we're fine, we don't need any help', whereas I'm finding that the people that are coming to our group are saying 'my mum and dad do need that help'.

"It's about encouraging them and helping them to take the support, because that will enable them to be able to care longer and stay longer in their homes, which is the best place."

Group meetings take place at The Pine Marten on Otley Road on the first Tuesday of every month.

More information about Dementia Connection on Facebook.

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