Local Dementia Care Charity partners with Surgery to raise awareness

Approach and Five Towns Surgery are holding a dementia awareness day at Shelton Primary Care Centre, Norfolk Street, Shelton Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4PB on Friday 20th November 2015 between 10am and 3pm.

The day will include :-
a dementia friends session, where people will be able to attend a short awareness session to become a Dementia Friend and will learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia, turning that understanding into action
Also we will have specialist one to one dementia advice sessions that will be available to all who attend the centre as well as lots of information about living well with dementia.
We also have recruitment and volunteer opportunities to share for anyone who is looking for a career in caring.

Will Boyce CEO of Approach said “It’s very important that we keep awareness about Dementia in the public domain as many people are affected by it on a daily basis, be it a person newly diagnosed with a form of it or carer’s or family members. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, Current projections forecast that numbers are set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.”
“By doing this in late November, it is 6 months on from the annual Dementia Awareness Day which takes place in May each year, so perfect timing to keep awareness strong for Dementia locally. In Stoke – on – Trent 84.5% of people over 65 living with dementia in Stoke-on-Trent are being successfully diagnosed and receiving treatment and support and by partnering with 5 Towns Surgery with this additional awareness activity it will only help improve the diagnosis rate, which nationally is targeted at 66%.”

Dr Abbasi, local GP, working at Five Towns GP Surgery within Shelton PCC said
“We have a high young cohort of patients with risk factors of diabetes, hypertension and vascular risk factors. This has seen a rise in vascular dementia and we are expecting this to rise significantly in the coming years. We are actively screening patients with vascular risk factors. We are currently working with the CCG to train other GP’s and practice staff in recognising the early signs and symptoms. Staff are actively encouraged to report to the GP any unusual behaviour, out of character for the patients.
The practice consists of approximately 3700 people, of which over 90% are predominantly BME population.”

Any organisations wishing to get involved on the day should contact Rob Ledgar at Approach on 01782 214999

dementia awareness event poster 20 november 2015

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