Specsavers employees in Dover and Deal are completing Dementia Friends training, an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society, as the nation marks Dementia Awareness Week.
The comprehensive training covers all aspects of dementia and discusses how it affects people in different ways. With particular relevance to Specsavers it also describes how senses can be affected, including sight and hearing.
Those with dementia commonly experience problems with their sight and visual perception, causing them to misinterpret the world around them. Some sufferers can experience hallucinations. On top of that, research has revealed that almost half of dementia patients in care homes are wearing glasses with the wrong prescription, leading to increased isolation and confusion.
A word from the director
Pritin Patel, store director of Specsavers in Dover and Deal says: 'It was really important for me that my staff took a little time to learn how to support and care for those who need it.
'I couldn’t be prouder of my team. Being more aware of dementia is an incredibly positive development for both them and our offering to customers.'
, Bowen, M et al (July 2016) The Prevalence of Visual Impairment in People with Dementia