Patient representatives from North Sedgemoor are sharing a series of helpful questions and answers about dementia that arose following a local health forum meeting.
Meeting at the older persons’ assessment centre called the Mulberry Centre, on the site of Berrow Medical Centre, members of the North Sedgemoor Health Forum invited dementia experts from the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to answer a wide range of questions on everything from how the different types of dementia are diagnosed to what all of us can do to reduce our risk of experiencing dementia in later life.
Amongst the experts answering dementia questions was Dr Rebecca Wilson, Clinical Psychologist Older Peoples Services, and Aaron McKenzie, a Psychiatrist. Both work for the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Chair of the North Sedgemoor Health Forum and Chair of the Burnham-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital, Pat Barthram, said: “Health forum members really appreciate the opportunity to have detailed discussions with local health professionals about issues and health services that matter to them. As all of us are living longer and the local NHS expects to support many more people living with dementia over the next decade, patients and carers need to understand that early diagnosis of the condition is important.
“We also need to help organisations like the Alzheimer’s Society in their efforts to improve public understanding of the disease. We hope that by sharing these questions and answers from local dementia experts we can help to overcome the many misconceptions surrounding dementia.”
To download North Sedgemoor Health Forum’s answers to dementia questions click here
You can also request a copy by calling the Somerset CCG Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) by telephoning 0800 0851 067 (Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Helpful information about dementia and caring for someone with dementia is available online from the Alzheimer’s Society www.alzheimers.org.uk or by calling their national helpline: 0300 222 1122.
The Alzheimer’s Society in Somerset can also provide you with information and details of local services that can provide support by calling: 01935 473597.
Patients who would like to find out how they can join their local GP surgery’s Patient participation Group should make enquiries at their local GP surgery.