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Dementia hub to host a series of inspiring talks

Dianne Smith
Dianne Smith

[T]he Bay Dementia Hub – a service to help people worried about their memory, or residents diagnosed with dementia and their family and friends – has launched a year-long programme of talks around the condition and the services on offer.

The hub was launch on Friday 2 September 2016 at The Oak Centre in the grounds of St John’s Hospice, Lancaster.

On Friday Steve Turner, of Lancashire Fire and Safety, will talk about personal alarms, remote monitoring and emergency home response service for independent living. Other talks will focus on advanced care planning, Age UK, local dementia research and the role of the CQC.

The hub, attended by around 40 people with dementia and their families, is held at the hospice on the first Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome. The main aim of the hub is to provide people with a ‘one-stop shop’ where they can get:

  • Information and advice from the memory clinic, nurses and financial planners
  • Practical support
  • Early intervention

Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by conditions which affect the brain. It affects a person’s mental abilities such as memory and thinking as well as their behaviour. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

This is a joint initiative between St John’s Hospice, UHMBT and Lancaster University. The project links with the elderly frail work ongoing at UHMBT as part of our strategy Better Care Together.

Dianne Smith, Matron for Dementia at UHMBT, said: “We have a fantastic range of speakers joining us at the hub over the coming year. We continue to get great support from our partners and from people attending the hub.”

According to Age Concern Central Lancashire, there are currently over 10,000 people in Lancashire who have been diagnosed with dementia, but it is thought that the actual figure of people with the condition could be much higher. This means that thousands of people who could have dementia aren’t accessing treatments and support to help them live well with the condition.

The hub will also hold a Listening event at Kendal Town Hall on Saturday 11 March. More details will be released soon.

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