Dementia sufferers and their carers are being invited to take a step into the digital world.
Age UK South Tyneside has been handed a pot of cash to launch a digital skills programme.
The NHS Widening Digital Participation pathfinder programme aims to promote access to health information using new technology.
It has been designed to support older people with dementia and their carers to enable them to carry out health-based transactions online, such as registering with a GP’s practice, booking appointments to see a doctor, ordering repeat prescriptions, finding information on NHS Choices to check symptoms or even reviewing reports on primary care practices.
John Briers, chief executive of Age UK South Tyneside, said: “Dementia can happen to anyone in later life.
“Life doesn’t end when dementia begins. Being diagnosed with dementia doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing the things you love or try new things. If diagnosed early enough, there are lots of things that can be done.
“Helping older people with dementia and their carers to find information, build support networks and interact online is just one of the many things that we can provide support with to help you to live well with dementia.”
The new service has been launched as part of Dementia Awareness Week, running until Sunday.
For information on the digital programme, call Age UK South Tyneside on 0191 456 6903 or send an e-mail to info@ ageuksouthtyneside.org.uk
•An event will be held today from 10am until noon at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre in South Shields to raise awareness of the early signs of dementia.