Luton Borough Council and Age Concern Luton have published the town’s first ever ‘Dementia Guide’.
The unique publication is one of the only ones of its type in the UK which has been written by carers, for carers.
Aimed at people who care for friends or family members living with dementia, the guide covers a range of important and useful information ranging from what to expect at assessments to useful technology that will make life easier.
Other topics include identifying signs and symptoms, dealing with the most common health problems associated with dementia, planning for the future and advice on how to get the most out of life.
Colette McKeaveney, Director of Age Concern Luton, said: “This is a unique, down-to-earth guide, written by Luton people living with dementia and those who care for them.
“There are 40 contributors and the topics we included are those most frequently asked about. Our thanks go out to those who have shared their experience on how to live well with dementia in Luton today.”
Cllr Naseem Ayub, Portfolio Holder for adult social care, said: “I would like to thank Age Concern Luton and local carers for their hard work and dedication in putting together this wonderful guide which aims to help people through every stage of their journey as a dementia carer.
“As it has been written by people with first-hand experience of looking after someone with the condition, the information is both relevant and helpful in terms of offering advice on how to overcome certain challenges and making life easier.”
“Please pick up a copy of the guide.”
The Luton Dementia Guide is available online at www.luton.gov.uk/dementia and www.ageconcernluton.org.uk
Hardcopies can be picked up from GP surgeries, pharmacists, community centres, council buildings and Age Concern Luton’s shops in Birdsfoot Lane, George St and Market Square (Farley Hill) from 6th September.
For a copy in large print contact Age Concern Luton on 01582 456812.