BBC Radio Scotland presenters Kaye Adams and John Beattie recently benefited from undertaking dementia awareness sessions at the school’s Domus facilities in Hamilton on 27 April and 4 May. Both presenters were provided with an introduction to the concept of dementia and the diversity of its symptoms. During their time in the school they engaged with three people who have a diagnosis of dementia, hearing about they cope with its impact on their daily lives. The presenters also spoke to two of our nursing students, who provided an insight into how their course is equipping them with the skills required to care for people with dementia.
The second session on 4 May included simulation exercises which aimed to enhance empathy and understanding amongst participants of some of the potential cognitive and sensory difficulties experienced by those living with dementia. These exercises saw Kaye and John wearing special spectacles, which simulate visual impairment; headsets, through which domestic sounds are distorted, affecting hearing and concentration; and other adaptations of their senses and movement, which can make every day activities challenging.
The visits, which were recorded and will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in June as part of Dementia Awareness Week, were led by Dr Barbara Sharp and Margaret Brown of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice which is based within the Caird Building.
Barbara, who is also Policy and Research Advisor at Alzheimer Scotland, said:
“We were delighted to welcome Kaye and John to our Hamilton Campus for these dementia awareness sessions, which provided them with a greater understanding of how the lives of people with dementia are affected by the condition. In particular, our experiential learning exercise gave them a simulated insight into the impact of possible sensory, cognitive and mobility changes for a person with dementia. We hope that when these dementia sessions are broadcast in June it will raise further awareness of dementia and its diverse impact on those living with the condition.”