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Sunday 17 February 2019
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Dementia Q&A comes to Derby - 1 November

A team of experts from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be holding an open session in Derby on Wednesday 1 November in order to give local people the opportunity to ask questions or share experiences on supporting a loved one with dementia.

A panel of psychiatrists, nurses and occupational therapists will be at the Dovedale Day Hospital on London Road in Derby between 6-8pm so that carers can learn more about supporting a loved one with dementia in the home environment, meet local people in similar situations and find out about the support available in their local area.

This event follows a number of other successful dementia Q&A events held across Derbyshire.

One attendee, who wishes to remain anonymous, attended an event in south Derbyshire after her husband was diagnosed with dementia. She said: “These sessions have been extremely useful and I would be lost without them – they’re a true lifesaver. The fact you are with other carers who are living in similar circumstances makes you realise that you are not on your own.”

Full details of the free session next week are as follows:

• Wednesday 1 November, 6pm to 8pm at Dovedale Day Hospital, London Road, Derby DE1 2XX.

Dr Ed Komocki, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “I would encourage anyone who has questions about dementia to attend this free interactive session to get the answers and support they need.

“It is estimated that around 850,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of dementia and this figure is expected to rise by a staggering 40% over the next 12 years, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. However with an early diagnosis and the right support at the right time, many are able to lead active and fulfilling lives for many years. Therefore we feel it is vitally important to host these informal sessions to equip our local community with the information they need to spot the signs and symptoms of dementia and to help people live well in their own homes for as long as possible.”