Courses & Events

Learning from Living with Dementia

  • Date:
    Sat, 21st & 28th May 2022
  • Time:
    9.30am and run till 1pm
  • Location:
    Via Zoom
  • Tutor:
    Anne Oliver

    Community Engagement & Projects Manager for Age UK Lancashire

  • Cost:
    Members - £20
    Non-Members - £40


Learning from Living with Dementia is a dementia awareness training course with a big difference. Not only was it co-produced with people living with dementia, but all the key learning points on this course are taught, via embedded video clips, by people who have dementia.

This course addresses all of the Dementia Awareness learning outcomes (Tier 1) of the Dementia Training Standards Framework (Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care 2018)

The photos are of two of the virtual trainers who feature in the videos.

This course is being delivered by Anne Oliver who is the Community Engagement & Projects Manager for Age UK Lancashire.  Anne is an experienced trainer, organises and supports various Dementia Hubs across Lancashire. Her mother is living with advanced dementia and as a result she has first-hand experience of the ups and downs of providing support to people living with this disease.

Full content delivered over 2 half days

Learning from Living with Dementia is a 2 half day training course co-produced and delivered (via Zoom and video clips) by people living with dementia.  The course is very interactive and aimed at people working with, and caring for people with dementia. There is ample time for discussion regarding ways you can use the learning on a day to day basis.  Topics covered include:

·        What is dementia?

·        Types of dementia

·        Understanding the symptoms of dementia from the perspective of people experiencing them

·        How we can help

·        An enabling environment for people with dementia

·        Overcoming communication barriers

·        How it feels to live with dementia

·        Supporting people with difficult feelings

·        Causes of distress

·        Problem-solving strategies

·        Compensating for difficulties and drawing on strengths of people with dementia

·        The importance of identity and life history

·        Getting to know people as individuals

·        Gaining knowledge of individuals’ abilities and difficulties

·        Working in partnership to facilitate maximum independence

·        Well-being in dementia

·        Recognising signs of well-being and signs of ill-being

·        Enhancing the well-being of people with dementia

·        Key points

·        Action planning

This course might help staff to understand why people with dementia are acting in a certain way and provide some useful tips and strategies to help reduce no-shows for appointments and anxiety on part of clients.

Some quotes from people who have attended the course:

“The course is led by the people living with dementia and puts their unique experiences first”

“I feel that this training is ideal as it encourages people to think laterally, puts you in the position of the person living with dementia, and I believe could be a very good tool in improving all aspects of dementia care.”

“The course was very much about looking at the person not to the diagnosis. This gave the course another level. It’s remarkable that such valuable and informative training can be delivered in just one day.”

“(This course) recognises the person living with dementia as the expert and uses their voice to direct the learning experience.”‘

Book your place

Book early to avoid disappointment as limited places available (maximum 50 attendees)

Link will be sent upon payment, all enquiries please email