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Castletown based at-home care company Home Instead Senior Care hopes the ancient capital will become the first dementia-friendly town on the island.

With the help of local charity Southern Befrienders, Castletown Chamber of Commerce and Castletown Commissioners, Home Instead staff have set up a series of events to educate the local community, helping them to identify the typical signs of dementia and teaching them techniques for interacting with someone with dementia.

Thus far, Home Instead have researched dementia-friendly communities, with the help of Manx Decaf members, to identify ways in which Castletown could become more dementia-friendly.

Retailers, churches, social groups and eateries have also attend a Dementia Awareness workshop, which saw Home Instead adapt their City & Guilds accredited dementia caregiver training, to provide attendees with advice on how to tailor their service for customers with dementia.

In recognition of Dementia Awareness Week (May 18 to 24), the Home Instead team will be handing out dementia awareness packs to local people and will be holding an information open morning at the Civic Centre on Monday, May 19. They will also be hosting a free ‘living with dementia’ workshop for family members on Thursday, May 22, and, with help from Southern Befrienders, they will be organising a joint dementia awareness assembly to year six pupils of Victoria Road Primary School and year seven pupils of Castle Rushen High School.

Emer Wiseman from the Isle of Man Home Instead office said: ‘With an ageing population, cases of dementia are increasing on the Isle of Man, with an estimated 1200 cases.

‘This means that more and more people in the local area will be affected by the condition at some point in their lives.

‘It is our hope that by educating the local community, we can create superior dementia awareness and through positive social interaction we can drive our mission to make Castletown the first dementia-friendly town on the island.’

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