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Help for dementia patients and their carers

By Maria Savva

A RETIRED British math teacher and author who is devoting his time to helping Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their carers, will on Monday give a presentation in Limassol and distribute booklets that can help improve their lives.

“I decided to write booklets on activities suitable for the elderly especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,” Gareth Rowlands told the Cyprus Mail.

“The activities can be adapted and used to suit the needs of the patients and go a long way to assist and support carers looking after those suffering from the disease and in turn contribute a lot to improve their quality of life,” he added.

While Rowlands was working as an activities coordinator at a residential home in the UK, he decided to get involved with the British governments Big Society project, which asked citizens to volunteer community projects that would be beneficial for people who need help. Rowlands began Battle Dementia ‘to help and support all carers of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia’ by writing and distributing booklets.

During Monday’s presentation at the Four Seasons Hotel at 11am, Rowlands plans to distribute his booklet to assist caretakers in Cyprus. Thousands of Rowlands’ booklets have been distributed in the UK and internationally.

“I am particularly interested in helping people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and their carers mainly because I have seen the devastating effects it has on people and their families. It is so important to remember the carers who look after their patients day in, and day out, 24 hours a day sometimes with little support. Using my suggested activities could be a contribution to recognise this and give them the much needed support,” added Rowlands.

For more information visit Battle Dementia’s website at http://www.battledementia.co.uk/ where you can also download free booklets.

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