Our aim is to educate the communities of Bristol about dementia.

One way we do this is by providing free Dementia Awareness Sessions for businesses, organisations and groups. 

Sessions include: 

  • What is dementia?
  • Types of dementia
  • How they present
  • What can carers do?
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Q & A

If you would like a free one hour session please contact us on office@bdaa.org.uk

Recent Feedback:

 

Bristol Beacon

I was surprised to find out that someone living with dementia might see a black mat on the floor and think it might be a hole

I found Tony very warm, passionate and down-to-earth – his talk was engaging in terms of providing relatable examples of each of the points made in the quiz

I found the practical examples he gave (eg talking to young people, card for shop-keepers with notes etc) interesting

I also found the examples of changes perception, visual confusion and the physical environment very interesting (particularly as improving our physical spaces is something we are already talking about and I have started trying to explore in relation to the musicians and project participants I work with)

I’m also interested in learning more about the Memory Cafe model and other activities and groups already running in the city

 

St Peter’s Hospice, August 2023:

It was clear to me that Tony is very passionate about doing sessions such as the one this week given the experiences he had caring for his wife Barbara who lived with Frontal Temporal Dementia.

Tony was very informative, especially having personal experience. He explained very clearly the various forms of Dementia and the ways of handling each person as an individual. Thank you Tony

 

Later Life, September 2023

Tony’s comments on Short Term Memory Loss, and moving the conversation on and perhaps returning back later, particularly struck home with me as my mother is displaying exactly those symptoms.  It had never occurred to me to try this if she kept asking the same question.  Nor would it have occurred to me in an advice setting, so thank you for that.  And similarly, the example of the pin number in the supermarket.

Another point I particularly picked up on was about the decreasing in spatial awareness, which I guess is why something I read recently suggested that taking different routes to the shops for example, and visiting new places, can help with dementia.

The final one was the OCD which, again, I was ignorant of it being a feature of dementia, or I think on reflection, I just hadn’t joined the dots.  The story of his wife and the bread will stay with me.

The presentation was all very relevant as it helped understand how dementia manifests itself, but also gave some ideas on how to adapt and deal with this disease, while respecting the person affected.