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

Care UK’s Colne View, which is on Dame Mary Walk, is inviting members of the community for a special event as part of the Big Dementia Conversation.

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

The discussion will take place on Wednesday, January 31, from 3pm to 5pm.

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 is a subject which is not talked about enough in society. 

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

Kim Richardson will lead the Dementia Friends session.

Members of the Halstead 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 dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition.

Colne View manager Monica Boldeata said: “Dementia affects millions of lives every year, not just those diagnosed but also their families and friends. 

“We understand how difficult it can be navigating the changes that come when caring for a loved one living with dementia, and the many questions people have. 

“Here at Colne View, we recognise the importance and value of talking to one another, whether that be sharing advice or concerns, seeking support or sometimes simply having someone there to listen. 

“The Big Dementia Conversation offers the perfect opportunity for families to come together, learn from the experts, and find comfort in those in a similar position.

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

To book a place at the event, call Kim Richardson on 01787 389474 or email kim.richardson@careuk.com.