Darla, I was able to obtain a caregiver training tape and it was extremely helpful. Before I spent the money I would check with your local Alzheimer's Association office and see what they offer. They may well have a DVD course they can loan to you. You can also check with your local social service elder care department, the library, or your local hospital. The chaplin at Mom and Dad's hometown hospital loaned us a copy of a DVD she had access to and it was excellent.
I do think it is a excellent idea to get all the information you can about how to deal with your loved ones behavior and there are little tricks and techniques that can make it easier. You can't go wrong!!
Helen, there is an Alzheimer's Society in the UK. Do a web search and see what information they can provide you. No, nobody gives you any support, information, or encouragement. You have to dig it out for yourself.... which is a shame. Most times you get a diagnosis, a pat on the head, and a smile. Then you walk out to stumble forward on your own the best you can. Online is our best friend!! They have parenting classes now, why not caregiving classes?
I totally agree Helen, it is so very sad. Many doctors are just as clueless about dementia as we are. They may understand the physical mechanics tht make it so but they truly don't understand, unless they have been personally touched with it. I went through three clueless doctor before I found one with understanding... only to find out she had a family member with ALZ. That is why I found this board. I have learned more here than from any doctor!