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Special event to make The Road Less Rocky for those with dementia

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 taking place next week.

Called 'The Road Less Rocky', the day has been organised by Howard Tidman, a Charge Nurse at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Norfolk Carers Support and the Carers Trust.

Taking place on Friday, May 22, at The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, the event has been organised to tie in with World Dementia Awareness Week, which begins on May 17.

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

The day will also feature Archie, a service user with vascular dementia who is travelling to the event from Scotland. He will use a James Bond theme to give his talk on incontinence, and will be dressed in a suit and carrying a briefcase containing the items he feels are vital to help people manage.

"A Road Less Rocky will feature talks from experts tackling the stages of dementia which research has revealed carers find most difficult," said Howard, who has previously organised 16 similar events across Norfolk and Suffolk.

"Informal and welcoming, our event 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. I believe it is important to offer them as much help and support as we can, which is why I have organised this event.

"We hope as many people as possible will drop in on May 22, 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."

Information will also be displayed on stalls for people to take away during the day, while Howard is also hoping to organise a nail bar to give carers a chance for some relaxation and pampering.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which takes place between 10am and 5pm.‚Äč