PEOPLE had the chance to experience what life is like with dementia when the Countess of Chester Hospital supported Dementia Awareness Day 2013.
Patients, relatives and visitors were able to take part in a range of activities during an action day in support of World Alzheimer’s Month throughout September.
Activities included an interactive dementia experience in the main entrance which allowed people to experience what it is like to live with dementia.
Healthcare training specialists Training2Care invited people to wear headphones playing a variety of sounds and noises, tunnel vision glasses, thick gloves and shoe innersoles with spikes – all to emphasise the disorientating and challenging nature of the side effects of dementia.
Participants were then asked to try to complete some simple tasks such as hanging up clothes. Those taking part highlighted how difficult it was to perform simple tasks such as folding clothes and grouping socks together.
There was also a dementia friends session in the education and training centre during the day to provide useful information about dementia and the opportunity to talk to experts who provide advice and support.
The Alzheimer’s Society also supported the day with an information stand giving patients and the public the opportunity to talk about issues associated with dementia.
Alison Kelly, director of nursing and quality at the Countess, said: “One in three of us will suffer from dementia through our lifetime and, with a growing elderly population, dementia is the most common devastating disease that we will all have to face as patients, families and loved ones.
“We’re all likely to encounter the challenges of dementia in some way.
“This day was about raising awareness of dementia, to demonstrate what we as a trust are doing to improve the quality of care provided to patients, and also to give people the opportunity to see the realities and the challenges associated with the disease.”