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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
16 IN TOUCH SUMMER 2011 SERVICES The early stages of dementia can be diffcult, but both the person with dementia and their loved ones can fnd support in the Living with Memory Loss ( LW ML) program. LWML is for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers, and people with memory loss can also attend alone. Mike Butcher and his wife Gwen, who is living with Younger Onset Dementia (YOD), attended the LWML program six years ago. For several years prior to her diagnosis in 2010, the Butchers did not know for certain whether Gwen had YOD, but the support they gained from the LWML program proved invaluable during this time. Mike admits he was sceptical before the frst session, but soon realised the benefts that the program offered. "One of the most important things about LWML has been the camaraderie -- being around other people who are going through the same thing as we are, sharing our experiences and talking about our feelings. " Mike and Gwen still attend a monthly support group that followed on from LWML. Groups talk about symptoms and diagnoses, adapting to changes, new research and drug treatments, practical strategies for coping with memory loss, relationships, looking after themselves, planning for the future, community services, legal issues, and where to fnd more help. To fnd out about upcoming LW ML sessions, contact AlzNSW on the National Dementia Helpline. T: 1800 100 500 LIVING WITH MEMORY LOSS PROGRAM 10 WAYS ALZNSW CAN HELP ALZNSW IS HERE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA, THEIR FAMILIES AND CARERS. LET US COUNT THE WAYS! NEED ANSWERS? Do you have a question for AlzNSW? Contact the National Dementia Helpline. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 1800 100 500 Mike and Gwen Butcher appreciate the camaraderie they have found in tha LWML program. 1 Support at time of diagnosis helps you and your family to make sense of the diagnosis and the next steps. 2 Practical advice helps you minimise the impact of dementia. 3 Living with Memory Loss programs for people in early-stage dementia increase knowledge and confdence for managing memory loss. 4 Individual and family consultations help you plan for the future. 5 Education programs help you understand and live well with dementia. 6 Up-to-date information and resources about dementia and access to the members' lending library keeps you and your family informed. 7 Connections with other people living with dementia enable you to share information and experiences. 8 Social and creative activities provide opportunities for meaningful participation. 9 Recommendations and advice about dementia support services in your area ensure suitable care. 10 Our provision of information to GPs and other health care providers helps them improve their care and support for you.
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