Prescot Breakfast Club Helps Huyton Man with Dementia
A Huyton pensioner with dementia has found support at a breakfast club he calls the “welcome cafe.”
Daniel Clark, 67, was diagnosed with vascular dementia three years ago, following a stroke.
With 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Daniel had always been on the go until a few days before his diagnosis, when he found he couldn’t sleep, didn’t want to get up and get dressed, and was becoming forgetful and angry.
He found out about his condition after a visit to his GP and several follow-up assessments, including memory tests.
Now he and his wife, Cathy, receive a lot of help from their family, Admiral Nurses and the Alzheimer’s Society.
They’ve also found friendship through the Alzheimer’s Society fortnightly breakfast club in Prescot, where they also help with fundraising ideas and activities.
Daniel and Cathy have now spoken out in support of the Dementia Friends campaign, a Knowsley Council-backed joint initiative by the Alzheimer’s Society and Public Health England.
“I fully support campaigns which helps to raise awareness about dementia,” said Cathy. “It is a silent illness, and unless you are living with someone or know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, you wouldn’t know. Many people don’t realise Daniel is ill, as there aren’t any physical signs.
“There is support available in the borough to those who have been diagnosed with dementia as well as those who are looking after people with dementia – my advice is to access all of the support available. I would also recommend signing up to become a Dementia Friend. Small things really can make a big difference.”
To find out more about the support available in Knowsley, contact the Alzheimer’s Society Knowsley on 0151 426 4433 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.
Become a Dementia Friend yourself by visiting www.dementiafriends.org.uk.