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Let's talk about dementia
05 May 2017

People with dementia, carers and the public will be able to find out more about dementia, the impact a hospital stay can have and where to go for support during an open evening at Ipswich Hospital.

“Let’s talk about dementia” will give people the chance to listen to expert speakers, ask questions and get information and advice. It will take place at the hospital on Wednesday 17 May between 5.15pm and 7pm, and has been organised as part of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 14 to 20 May.

Care of the elderly consultant Dr Jane Shoote and dementia specialist nurse Kerry Day will open the meeting by talking about how dementia affects people, the impact a hospital admission can have and the role maintaining independence can have.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and the duo will then joined by Julie Sadler, senior nurse for dementia and safeguarding adults, occupational therapist Fran Lapage and Debbie Reeve, from Suffolk Family Carers, to answer any questions and signpost people to other sources of support.

“A hospital admission can be especially difficult for someone with dementia, as they may struggle to cope with a new environment and changes to their usual routine,” said Julie. “This event will give us the chance to explain more about the steps everyone can take to help, as well as offering support and advice to carers or anyone who may be worried about dementia.”

The meeting will take place in the Edith Cavell room in the Education Centre. Anyone who would like to attend should call Pam Talman, patient experience coordinator, on 01473 702101, to book a place.