Members of the public are being invited to attend a free health information talk about late-life dementia on 21 July which will give an insight into one of the world’s most common illnesses.
With around 800,000 people in the UK being affected by dementia, and this figure expected to rise over the coming years, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging local people to attend the talk where Dr Simon Thacker, Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age Psychiatry, will present a new way of thinking about late-life dementia, looking at the timeliness in the diagnosis of dementia and asking, do the drugs work? Can we prevent dementia, or at least limit its duration? And what is delirium?
The Trust will hold the talk at Charnos Hall, Ilkeston Community Hospital, Ilkeston DE7 8LN on Monday 21 July from 7pm. Dr Thacker’s presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session for those in attendance to ask any questions about dementia that they may have.
Anyone wishing to attend should pre book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01332 623700 ext 33302.
Dr Thacker has worked in the dementia field for over 20 years and is the research lead for Derbyshire Healthcare’s Centre for Dementia, based at Kingsway in Derby. He has published articles about the use of antipsychotic drugs in the elderly, screening for dementia and the role of hope in dementia care.
Dr Thacker says: “Dementia is common and it can lead to delirium, which has devastating consequences. We cannot cure dementia but we can prevent delirium and we might be able to reduce the duration of dementia. I would like the audience to think how we might achieve this without an over-reliance on pills.”