Come along to Dementia Discovery Week at the Lister

It’s Dementia Discovery Week at the Lister. The team are hosting a road show about dementia, its impact and the support available to families and invite the public to come along and find out more.

Dementia affects 800,000 people across the UK – including many local people and those who care for them. It is most often seen in older people – though this is not always the case. From 10am to 4pm during the week 7-11 July, the team at the Lister will be running information booths for the public to come along and find out more about dementia and the support available to them. The public are also invited to daily teaching sessions about the need for empathy with dementia patients and to try on an ‘age suit’ – a body suit designed to help people understand what it feels like to be elderly.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, will be opening the event with Angela Thompson, the Trust’s director of nursing, on Monday. He said, “Dementia affects so many people in our area and the impact on the family is also incredibly difficult. I have heard so many heart breaking stories and believe we must try to make our area more dementia-friendly, so we can improve the lives of those affected by dementia. A little more understanding could make a huge difference and Dementia Discovery Week can really help with this.”

Among the information booths will be people from the Trusts’ volunteers who will be available to talk about the work they do and discuss volunteering opportunities, Age UK, the Alzheimer’s society, Carers in Herts and Kissing it Better – a charity devoted to making a difference to the care of patients in hospital.

Meanwhile, Trust staff will benefit from a range of experts working with wards to help staff care for – and empathise with the very special needs – of patients with dementia.

“This is a really important week, and we’re very excited about it,” said Madonna Sealey, matron for elderly care. “We have many patients with dementia and they need a certain type of compassionate care. Dementia affects the whole family, and that’s why we’re inviting anyone from the community to join us during Dementia Discovery Week to find out more about what support is available to them, and how we care for patients with dementia.”

To find out more, come along to the Lister from 10am-4pm, 7-11 July or email madonna.sealey@nhs.net.