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Advice and support for people living with dementia

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Published: 16/06/2014


A ‘Living Well with Dementia’ roadshow takes place at BAWA in Filton on Thursday 26 June.

These roadshows offer practical, emotional and health advice aimed at anyone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, their carers or relatives of people with dementia. They are intended to provide people with the information they need to understand their diagnosis and make the most of living with dementia. You can also find out about all the support that is available.

Each roadshow features a welcome and overview from a local GP. You will also receive a specialist’s guide to medication and treatment. There will be talks on managing your legal affairs and a practical session focusing on memory techniques and tips. Experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions and there will be a range of stalls featuring information which is available from local organisations, including support aimed at carers. You will also be able to view a new video featuring people with dementia and their partners talking about their diagnosis and living well with dementia.

Angie Marsh, Commissioning Manager at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Being diagnosed with dementia can leave the person with dementia and their family with lots of questions about what they can expect and what they can do to plan for the future. These roadshows provide useful information to help answer these questions and provide reassurance that you’re not on your own. Anyone who is currently living with dementia, and their families are encouraged to book a place.”

Dr Peter Bagshaw, the Clinical Lead for Dementia for South Gloucestershire CCG, said: “Around 3,000 people in South Gloucestershire have dementia and this is expected to double in the next 30 years. These roadshows provide a good opportunity for both people who have been recently diagnosed with dementia and their friends and family to find out more.

“We encourage people who think they may have dementia to go to their GP as early diagnosis means that we can start to help. GPs can offer medication and signpost to a wide range of support services in the community to improve their quality of life.

“We hope the roadshows will raise awareness of dementia and help reduce the stigma around the condition.”

Previous roadshow participants have said:
“It’s good to have many experts on different aspects in one place.”
“Really helpful, wish it was available when mum was diagnosed in 2010.”

So come along to our Living Well with Dementia roadshow on Thursday 26 June at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton BS34 7RG and find out more. The free event runs from 6pm to 8.30pm however places must be booked in advance by using one of the following methods:

For more information and details of future roadshows visit www.southglos.gov.uk/dementia

 


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