Members of the public and health care professionals are invited to talk about dementia at the Civic Centre, Berkhamsted, on Wednesday 1 May at 7.30pm.
Speakers will include Dementia Specialist, Dr Tammy Angel, Clinical Director of Elderly Care at West Herts Hospitals Trust and Palliative Care Specialist, Dr Sharon Chadwick, Medical Director at The Hospice of St Francis.
They will address issues such as identifying dementia, diagnosis, post-diagnosis management and care options and well as coping strategies, referrals, planning ahead so you can get the care you need and how palliative care teams can help support you.
There will also be a chance to ask questions, meet the specialists and learn more about support for carers, with exhibitors from local and national care providers.
The event is the initiative of Berkhamsted Mayor Cllr Sue Beardshaw, who said: “The increasing incidence of dementia has now become an imperative for greater awareness. By holding a meeting inviting people to hear from experts, it is hoped it will create improved understanding of this condition and showcase the invaluable role that the Hospice can play for those patients and families who are affected”.
Dr Sharon Chadwick explained: “Our aim is to help people to understand more about dementia and what we can do to support and empower patients and families affected by this condition. We want to explain the services that are available both through the NHS and at the Hospice to help people cope.”
Open to all, including health care professionals, tickets cost £10, including refreshments on arrival, and are available at stfrancis.org.uk/dementiatalk , at www.talksmedical.co.uk or from the Hospice’s reception.
To find out more about the Hospice, visit stfrancis.org.uk or follow the charity on Twitter @hospicstfrancis or Facebook facebook.com/thehospiceofstfrancis