Moving feedback such as “Dementia has changed our lives but I now feel better equipped to understand and support the needs of my wife better” is just one reason why a team of experts from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are teaming up again this November to provide answers about dementia, along with useful tips and advice on helping a loved one to live well with the condition in the home environment.
Dementia specialists are urging carers of people with a diagnosis of dementia to attend the free health information sessions over the next fortnight, to learn more about the condition, meet local people in similar situations and find out about the support available in their local area.
The informal dementia health information sessions are being held on:
Everyone attending will have the opportunity to speak freely with a varied group of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS professionals – doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologist and others – all of whom have a wealth of knowledge about dementia care and will be able to offer advice on the issues raised.
"expected to rise by a staggering 40% over the next 12 years"
Dr Ed Komocki, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “I would encourage anyone who has questions about dementia to attend one of these free interactive sessions to get the answers and support they need.
“It is estimated that around 800,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of dementia and this figure is expected to rise by a staggering 40% over the next 12 years, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. However with an early diagnosis and the right support at the right time, many are able to lead active and fulfilling lives for many years. Therefore we feel it is vitally important to host these informal sessions to equip our local community with the information they need to spot the signs and symptoms of dementia and to help people live well in their own homes for as long as possible.”
People requiring more information, or wishing to confirm their attendance at the dementia health information session, should contact:
- Sarah Wood on 01283 227060 – for the Swadlincote session on 12 November
- Lynne Elliott on 0115 907 1440 – for the Ilkeston session on 17 November.
People are also welcome to turn up on the day.