Dementia Adviser Mair Watkins on the immeasurable value of getting support in Welsh through Dementia Connect in Wales.
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When dementia affects how well you communicate, it can isolate you from family, friends and community. If Welsh is your first language, you might even lose your ability to communicate in English.
Either way, getting support in your language of choice makes a huge difference.
Dementia Connect – the new service we’re introducing to more areas in coming years – includes support in Welsh for people in Wales, where the language has official status alongside English.
As a Dementia Adviser and Welsh speaker, I feel privileged to be welcomed into the lives of people using this service. People need information about local support and a myriad of other topics, as well as practical help with day-to-day challenges.
‘For someone with dementia, being able to use their own language is a key that can unlock the world to them again,’ says Mair.
The saying ‘Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon’ means ‘A nation without a language is a nation without a heart’, and Welsh remains at the heart of our national culture.
For someone with dementia, being able to use their own language is a key that can unlock the world to them again. When they realise they can express themselves and be understood, this is an incentive to foster relationships and gain the care that’s so vital.
What more motivation could I need to do what I do?
If you live in Wales, you can call our Welsh-speaking phone line on 0330 094 7400 (local rate).
Find support near you
Dementia Connect isn’t yet available everywhere in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but you can use our Dementia Directory to find support near you.