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Essential Skills and Knowledge

Couples – Living Well Together with Dementia

Who is the course for?

Any couple where one person is living with dementia (diagnosed or undiagnosed) and who both want to learn more about how to manage the condition.

The partner with dementia needs to acknowledge their condition (with whatever label they use – memory problems, dementia, Alzheimers) in order to be able to consent to participate in the course and counselling.

How long is the course?

8 hours held over five to eight sessions of 1 to 2 hours each

How much does it cost?

£200 per couple ( and travel costs if outside a 30 mile distance from Oxford)

Where does the course and counselling take place? If you want, we can work in your own home, or in a hired room nearby, or you can come to the Baptists Church Annexe in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, where Catharine has her therapy room.

What is the content of the course?

We take a positive view to living well with dementia and we cover what help is available locally and nationally

The session content is flexible to respond to the needs of the couple and is driven by your questions and concerns.

Session 1 covers the lived experience of a person with dementia; myths and facts about the brain and the symptoms of different dementias; current scientific and medical research insights and the differences between cognitive impairments of normal ageing and organic disease.

Session 2  covers the relationship between the person’s own life history and experience of the disease and their care environment is explored. How the couple see the future creation of positive memories together.

Session 3 covers the work of Tom Kitwood and the psychological needs of a person with dementia. We explore how these ideas have practical outcomes in looking after each other and how to understand changed behaviour.

Session 4  covers more about achieving co-operation in a trusting relationship. We cover sharing daily and meaningful activities.

Session 5 explores practical and positive ways to enhance communication.  We  consider your changing relationship and how to work towards a positive future together whatever the dementia.

Session 6 onwards – as determined by the couple

I’m not sure if this is the right course for us.   Don’t hesitate to contact Catharine with your question.



All personal data collected is kept in confidential and secure with controlled access according to the provisions of the Data Protection Act.  Nothing is be shared without the consent of the owner, except in exceptional circumstances, for example if a person’s safety is at risk.

Details of the diagnosis (if any)  are not required to make an expression of interest or a self-referral.