A panel of dementia experts from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are teaming up to answer the many questions local people have about this commonly misunderstood illness at a series of dementia Q&A sessions this February.
The Q&A sessions, which are open to everyone with an interest in dementia, those who have been recently diagnosed with the condition and their carers, are being held on:
- Thursday 5 February: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Midway Day Hospital, Ilkeston Resource Centre, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8LN
- Thursday 12 February: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Oakland Village, Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 8LH
- Thursday 26 February: 6pm to 8pm at Dovedale Day Hospital, London Road, Derby DE1 2XX
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 sessions to get the answers and support they need. Everyone attending will have the opportunity to speak freely with a varied group of health professionals - doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists pharmacists and others – all of whom are trained in dementia care and will be able to offer advice on issues raised.
“With around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, and this figure expected to rise over the coming years, I feel that it is important to host these informal sessions to equip the local community with the information they need to help people live well with dementia in their own homes for as long as possible.”
For further information, or if you would like to attend a Q&A session at:
Ilkeston - Please contact Lynne Elliott on 0115 907 1440
Swadlincote - Please contact Sarah Wood on 01283 227060
Derby - Please contact Jane Morris on 01332 866980.