Specialist nurses are to visit Clare tonight (September 24) to give a free talk about dementia.
The nurses will give a presentation about the care that is provided at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital for patients with dementia and the support available to them and their carers.
Helen Edwardson, acting nurse consultant for older people and Colchester Hospital Trust’s lead nurse for dementia, said it is estimated that there are currently 835,000 people living in the UK with dementia, a figure set to increase to 1.4million over the next two decades.
“Dementia can affect anyone,” she said. “It is important that patients and carers are supported and know how to access the help available.
“This support is not just restricted to patients on our care of the elderly wards but also those on orthopaedic wards, which is the area which sees the second highest number of patients with dementia.
“Among the subjects we plan to cover will be how we are working with the Alzheimer’s Society, distraction therapy and future initiatives.”
The nurses will also have free information to give away and will be happy to answer questions.
The talk is in Clare Town Hall on Market Hill, and will begin at 6.30pm.
Anyone wishing to attend should book a place in advance by calling 0800 0515143.