Health and social care professionals, service users, family carers and anyone with an interest in dementia is being invited to a special event where they can find out more about living well with the illness and supporting others after diagnosis. Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Governors will host the half-day conference, called 'Dementia in Perspective', in Norwich next Thursday (18 February). During the afternoon, speakers will present the latest research into dementia and the importance of getting the right support after diagnosis, as well as the steps that people can take to lower their risk of developing the illness. A service user and a carer will share their experiences of living with dementia, while Claire Lussignea, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at NSFT, will talk about the steps the Trust is taking to support service users and their carers. Professor Michael Hornberger, from the University of East Anglia, will then look in more detail at areas for future research. Anyone who attends will also be given the chance to ask questions during two panel sessions. Guenever Pachent, Lead Governor with NSFT, said: “We have organised this event for anyone with an interest in dementia – including Trust members, service users, carers, health and social care professionals and members of the public.
“It will give them a valuable insight into the latest research into dementia and what can be done after diagnosis. It will also cover what it’s like living with dementia and the challenges it can bring, as well as showing that it is possible to live well with dementia.“There will be lots of information about local sources of support, as well as the help which NSFT is providing to people affected by the illness.“We hope as many people as possible will join us for what promises to be a really interesting and informative afternoon.”Dementia in Perspective takes place on Thursday, 18 February, at the King’s Centre, 63-75 King Street, Norwich between 12.30pm and 4.30pm. Anyone who would like to attend should book their place in advance by clicking here.
The event programme can be seen by clicking here.