This one-day course will help you to recognise and respond to the difficulties that your friend or family member living with dementia can experience with eating, drinking or swallowing.

We know that it can be very worrying when the person you are caring for experiences changes to their eating and drinking habits or preferences. Coughing or choking episodes, weight loss, recognising food and using cutlery can also become problematic.

By listening to your concerns and exploring what causes stress and anxiety around eating and drinking, we will explain the different causes for eating, drinking or swallowing difficulties and offer strategies for helping you to support the person to eat and drink. Opportunities for discussion and practical activity will be provided to support you to develop confidence in your caring role.


This course is for you if:

  • you would like to learn about the eating and swallowing changes that can occur to a person living with dementia
  • you would like your questions around eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties addressed in a safe, supportive environment by healthcare professionals with experience of supporting people with dementia and their families
  • you would like to learn strategies for managing drinking and swallowing difficulties and ways to help support the person with dementia to eat and drink
  • you want meet other people who are supporting a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation


What will happen on the day

9.45-10.00 Arrival and refreshments

10.00-10.30 Welcome, hopes for the day

10.30-11.45 Morning session

11.45-12.00 BREAK

12.30-13.15 Pre-lunch session

13.15-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-15.00 Afternoon session

15.00-15.15 BREAK

15.15-16.00 Looking after yourself

16.00-16.20 Where are you now?

16.20-16.30 Questions and resolutions


Please note that our team recommend that you attend all sessions of this one-day course. Every element of the programme has been researched and planned and arriving late or leaving early will affect the benefits of the course for you and other attendees. If you are unable to attend all sessions, our team will work with you to find an alternative date that works better for you.
As a charity we do not make a profit. It costs us £125 per person to deliver our one-day courses, including lunch. Therefore, we invite course participants (or their employers) to donate to the charity on completion of the course, if they are able to. All donations, big or small, make such a difference. You can also donate using the donate button at the top right corner of this web page.