Posted on March 17, 2014

Dementia sufferers urged to fight for help

A GP speaking at a dementia awareness event has urged sufferers and their families to fight on if they do not initially get the help they need. Dr Wainwright impressed upon listeners the importance of perseverance if the help they need is not immediately forthcoming.  The information event took place at the Baptist church on Tring High Street, with more than 100 locals attending.  Other speakers included a specialist on early dementia diagnosis and a consultant psychiatrist. The organisers of the dementia awareness event said that most people who attended were the carers and families of sufferers, who wanted more information on how they could get the help they needed.  The feedback from those who attended was positive.  The evening focused on how people could approach services after dementia had been diagnosed; learning who can help with dementia care and how they can help is very important. The speakers at the event were impressed with the number of attendees and have congratulated the church on setting an example to the community.  Tring is currently working towards becoming a dementia-friendly town, and the church itself has a sign stating that it is a dementia-friendly church.  The church has reported that more dementia sufferers and their families have begun attending services. Subjects that were discussed on the night included the diagnosis of the condition, the role that the psychiatrist can play, how memory clinics and dementia maintenance clinics work, the various options for treatment of dementia, and dementia care within the home.
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