A CARE home in Basingstoke is calling on people to take part in a national conversation to learn more about dementia.

On Wednesday, February 21, from 10.30am to 12pm, Care UK’s Dashwood Manor, in Bradley Way, is inviting members of the community to a special event as part of The Big Dementia Conversation.

The nationwide initiative is designed to encourage people to talk about dementia, including some of the most difficult topics associated with the condition.

According to a recent survey, commissioned by Care UK, eight in 10 adults believe dementia is still misunderstood, with 69 per cent of the nation believing it’s a subject which is not talked about enough in society.

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Many people also admit finding the condition uncomfortable to discuss –something Care UK is hoping to change by launching The Big Dementia Conversation.

The Let’s Talk about Dementia session at Dashwood Manor will shine a light on some aspects of dementia less commonly talked about, as well as discuss why a loved one might be behaving differently and how you can support them.

In addition to the event, the Basingstoke community can also visit a newly launched online advice hub. The hub takes a closer look at some of the less-talked-about symptoms of dementia, with expert advice from Care UK’s dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition.

Dil Perera, home manager at Dashwood Manor, said: “Here at Dashwood Manor, we strongly believe professional knowledge, insight and shared experiences can make a real difference to the everyday lives of those looking after a loved one living with dementia.

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“We know that it can be challenging to look after a friend or relative living with dementia, especially if they start displaying behaviours that are quite out of character. It’s natural to feel confused about the best way to help your loved one, which is why we’re thrilled to be taking part in The Big Dementia Conversation.

“We are looking forward to welcoming local people for what promises to be an interesting day of information and guidance, and we’d encourage those interested to book their space to avoid missing out.”

To find out more about Care UK’s Big Dementia Conversation initiative, please visit careuk.com/thebigdementiaconversation

For more information on Dashwood Manor and to book your place for the event, please call customer relations manager, Leahanne Wilkinson on 01256 805988 or email leahanne.wilkinson@careuk.com.