The public will be given the chance to learn more about dementia when Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust hosts an open day at Hammerton Court, in Norwich, on Friday, 13 December.
Those attending the event from 10am-2.30pm will also receive a copy of ‘Remember Me’, a 30-minute film produced by Nudge Productions, which provides an insight into the journey of a mother and daughter and their changing roles and experiences as dementia affects their lives.
Representatives from NHS dementia research, Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Home Instead, Norfolk Libraries and British Red Cross and other organisations will be participating in the event offering information, advice and activities for people to participate in.
The day will also provide people with dementia and those caring for a relative or friend with dementia with the opportunity to get involved with a working and support group that informs others of the lived experience of dementia. There will also be dementia awareness and cognitive stimulation therapy taster sessions.
Lisa Breame, dementia trainer, said: “We hope that people from all walks of life,whether they have dementia, provide care for or support a family member or friendwith dementia, work in a care setting or would simply like to know more aboutdementia will come along.”
For further details and information, please contact Hammerton Court, Julian Hospital,Bowthorpe Road, Norwich NR2 3TD. Telephone: 01603 887019 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Estimates suggest that the number of people with dementia in Norfolk will risefrom around 13,200 in 2010 to over 20,6000 in 2025, with as many as 60%thought to have the disease but not having been diagnosed (Norfolk andSuffolk Dementia Alliance 2011).
There are currently over 12,000 thousand people living with dementia inSuffolk (Alzheimer’s Society 2013).
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, substancemisuse and learning disability services across Norfolk and Suffolk. The Trustcame into being on January 1, 2012, with the merger of Suffolk Mental HealthPartnership NHS and Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS FoundationTrust. As well as providing mental health services across the two counties, theTrust has drug and alcohol teams and provides support for people withlearning difficulties in some areas.