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Dementia awareness event in Bury St Edmunds will make the Road Less Rocky
28/09/2015

Patients, carers, students, health workers and anyone with an interest in dementia will be able to get vital help, support and practical advice about living with the illness at a special event in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, 2 October.

Called 'The Road Less Rocky', the day will feature talks from health professionals, carers and service users, who will use their own experiences to offer insight about the areas which research has shown carers find most difficult when looking after someone with dementia.

Taking place at the Quaker Meeting House, it has been organised by Howard Tidman, who works for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) crisis team, in partnership with Suffolk Family Carers.

“A Road Less Rocky will feature talks from experts tackling the stages of dementia which research has shown us carers find most difficult,” said Howard. “Subjects will include everything from coping with a diagnosis, when capacity declines and the importance of emotional support for carers to behavioural problems and making decisions about care at the end of life.

“Informal and welcoming, it will also give people the chance to get together and chat so that they can learn from each other’s experiences. We hope it will be very valuable and appeal to lots of people whose lives are affected by dementia, either as a patient, carer or a health professional.

“I have a particular passion for supporting carers, who play a valuable, yet challenging role, and believe it is important to offer them as much help and support as we can.

“We hope as many people as possible will drop in on 2 October, listen to our inspirational speakers and take away some ideas, hints and tips which may help both them and the person they are caring for.”

The Road Less Rocky was developed by the Carers Trust and Louis Marks, the Trust’s national lead, will be attending the event.

The day runs from 10am and 5pm at The Quaker Meeting House in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds and is open to everyone.