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The QNI often funds projects designed to help those with Alzheimer's Disease, which is usually treated in the community. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, and is most common in people over the age of 65. We have worked in partnership with Alzheimer's Society in the development of several of these programmes.
Case Study: Buddy Programme and Group Activity for Younger People with Dementia, in Northumberland Tyne and Wear
This project was designed to link people suffering from the disease with 'buddies'. The buddies would support them and help them to lead more independent and fulfilled lives while they were able.
'Fred' was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was 58. He gradually withdrew from the hobbies and physical activities he had previously enjoyed and became depressed. The ‘buddy’ was matched to Fred’s profile; he knew the area Fred lived in and shared some common interests, such as a love of history and the same football team. Fred was able to share some of his fears and frustrations of going into public places. The buddy assisted Fred without taking over which allowed Fred to maintain his skills with minimal assistance.
All of this had a marked improvement in Fred’s self confidence; he still needed prompts from the buddy but these were done in a discreet or humorous way which Fred responded to very well. Fred joined the group for younger people with dementia and began developing relationships with other members. There developed a real sense of sharing and understanding.
Within the group Fred became less reliant on the buddy but said how he felt reassured he was there as it gave him someone to go to if he needed direction. “The buddy worker programme has helped my self confidence I never thought I would be able to use the swimming pool or gym equipment again. I look upon the buddy worker as a close friend, we have a laugh. I feel happier in myself and appreciate being allowed to try and live a normal life”.
To read more about Alzheimer's Disease visit http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Alzheimers-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx