Across the world, the number of people living dementia with is continuing to rise.
Caring for the people with dementia may fall to friends and family, who are not prepared for the practicalities of what is often full-time care. These individuals need to be aware and also understand how to care for themselves (stress and respite). They probably do not have the training or knowledge to enable them to deliver appropriate care in a practical way.
The caregivers need to have some knowledge of the different types of dementia and symptoms, knowing how they might signpost family and friends to get a diagnosis and then assisting the person to live well with the diagnosis, including creating a dementia-friendly home. Having an understanding of the types of interventions available is also useful; together with an awareness and understanding of the specific needs of people living with dementia and those of their carers, be they professionals, volunteers or family members. Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is one type of intervention, as detailed in this course.