Dr Lydia Morris, a clinical psychologist from the University of Salford, who has been working on the project, said: “When a person develops dementia, that person’s carer is very often also their husband or their wife, their partner or their child.
“Empowered Conversations is doing invaluable work in ensuring that, despite whatever else dementia strips away, it doesn’t remove people’s ability to communicate with each other.”
Sarah Dudley, aged 33, attended an Empowered Conversations course in Bury, to help improve her communications with her mum, who is living with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
She said: “I feel the course has helped me to understand and control my emotions and frustrations and have a better understanding of mum’s feelings and motivations for certain behaviours.
“I have had some more successful conversations with my mum after the course and can sympathise more with how difficult it must be for my mum in certain situations.
“I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to improve their communications with a loved one with dementia.”
For more information on Empowered Conversations or to find a free course near you, go to www.empowered-conversations.co.uk