Hello everyone, My name is Rachel and I work for Alzheimer's Society. We are writing a training course for people in the health and social care sector. The course is about the how people who have dementia make decisions in their life and the Mental capacity Act. I find that using what people say about their own experience is the best way to change attitudes. I would like hear from: - people who have dementia/memory problems - carers The questions are about making decisions (your name will not be disclosed in the training). If you prefer, please ring me on 020 7423 3624 or 07715 993894. People who have dementia/memory problems - please answer questions 1, 2 and 3. Carers - please answer questions 3, 4 and 5 questions for people who have dementia/memory problems: 1) How does it feel when people make decisions you feel you can make for yourself? 2) Have you ever made a decision that people didn't understand or agree with? (e.g. driving) What happened? How did you feel? 3) The Mental Capacity Act is a new law which means that anyone supporting someone with dementia must try to help that person make decisions by themselves. How do you feel about this law? Do you think it is a good thing? questions for carers The Mental Capacity Act is a new UK law which was supported by Alzheimer's Society. This law means people caring for or supporting someone with dementia must try to help that person make decisions by themselves. This could be any decision, including what to wear or what to eat. The aim is to ensure people retain as much independence and dignity as possible. 4) Do you have any experience of people 'taking over' or making decisions you thought someone you care for could make for themselves? 5) What affect did this have on them? 6) How did it make you feel? The law also ensures that any decisions made on someone's behalf involve people who care about them. For more information about the MCA, please see factsheet 460: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/factsheet/460 I look forward to hearing fom you. Thank you!! Please give me a ring if you would like to find out more about the course.