Living well with dementia event
Over 70 people attended a special event at Airedale Hospital on 12 October to hear about how to live well with dementia. Specialist staff from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Bradford District Care Foundation Trust hosted the first in a series of new collaborative events on health topics for trust members and the public.
Dementia is a condition affecting around 5000 people in the Bradford district, with numbers set to rise to approximately 6000 by 2020. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain by diseases such as Alzheimer’s or a series of strokes. It is a progressive condition, which means that it will gradually get worse over time.
A diagnosis of dementia can be scary and confusing; however it is possible to live well with the illness.
The event included a presentation from Chris North, Dementia Lead who outlined the services available locally to support people (and their carers) who are affected by dementia and specialist nurses Fiona Throp and Sophie Wilson who talked about how the condition affects people.
There was also a marketplace of stalls from Carers’ Resource, the Carers Hub, Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Friends Keighley, Dementia Friends Ilkley, the Fire Service, Driving Miss Daisy and Trust stands for therapies and dementia care.
Governors were also on hand to hear feedback about Dementia care and about other patient experiences of services in the community and the hospitals.
Chris North, dementia lead at the Care Trust, said: “Increasing numbers of people are affected by dementia. There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK, one in 20 people over 65 will have dementia and the numbers increase to one in six people over the age of 80. We know that these people are often vulnerable because of their condition. We already have a number of programmes in place to support people living with dementia, both with their physical and mental wellbeing. Being diagnosed is the first step to getting treatment and the key to opening up the doors to support.”
Stella Jackson, Deputy Trust Secretary, Bradford District Care Foundation Trust added:
“Events such as this provide local people with an opportunity to learn more about the local services which are available to support their healthcare needs. They also provide an opportunity for those people to provide their feedback about their NHS services to their Governors who share the feedback with NHS colleagues. “