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Keeping dementia in the spotlight

​Service users and their families, health and social care professionals and anyone with an interest in dementia are being invited to a special event where they can find out about the latest research and future developments.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Governors will host the half-day conference, called 'Dementia in Perspective', in Ipswich next Thursday (10 November).

It follows the success of a similar event organised by the Governors held in Norwich earlier in the year which was also focused on dementia and brought together a raft of information, insight and support for people with dementia and their carers.

Professor Eneida Mioshi, from the University of East Anglia, will open the event by looking at the growth in dementia, the latest research and possible future treatments.

A dementia support worker in Ipswich, Derek Wilding, will then share the experiences of two service users living with dementia, before a carer tells his experience of caring for his wife.

During the afternoon, Louise Marks from the Carers Trust will be looking at what carers need and Paddy Fielder will share the story of the Debenham Project, a community owned and led initiative recognised for its innovation and leadership.

The final presentations of the day will come from Jayne Davey, from Suffolk User Forum, who will explore how advocacy can help with dementia before Judy Rubinsztein, Consultant Psychiatrist and Ruth Mills, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, both from NSFT, provide an overview of current services offered in the county and future developments.

“Dementia is a condition which touches many people’s lives,” said Andrew Good, NSFT Suffolk Governor, who helped organise the conference. “But its complexities can mean it is not always clear what help is available or what innovative research is currently underway.

“This event gives people the chance to hear from expert speakers as well as the opportunity to ask questions on a variety of different aspects of living with and caring for people with dementia.

“We hope as many people as possible will join us for what promises to be a really informative afternoon.”

Guenever Pachent, Lead Governor with NSFT, said: “We organised these events for anyone with an interest in dementia to give them a valuable insight into what it’s like to be diagnosed with dementia, both for the individual and their family.

“The event also covers current thinking and future developments, and will show what services and support people can expect when they have been diagnosed with dementia. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

“At this event there will also be information about local sources of support, as well as the services provided by NSFT.”

Dementia in Perspective takes place on Thursday, 10 November at the Jerwood Dance House, Foundry Lane, Ipswich between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.

Anyone who would like to attend should book their place in advance by visiting: