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Dementia Awareness Week

18.05.12

Gloucestershire Hospitals is supporting this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (20-26 May) and helping the Alzheimer’s Society to encourage people to ‘Remember the Person’.

 
This is part of our work with partner organisations to provide information and to encourage people to look beyond the dementia and see the man or woman behind the condition.

 

We will have information stands in the Atrium at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and in West Block Outpatients at Cheltenham General Hospital throughout the week. One of the aims of the week is to take the fear out of dementia and focuses on five key facts:

  1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. 
  2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
  3. It's not just about losing your memory.
  4. It's possible to live well with dementia.
  5. There's more to a person than the dementia.

Our Trust continues to promote the eight South West Hospital Standards in Dementia Care, and to have dementia champions on every ward responsible for supporting delivery of the standards, patient care planning and training of other staff members.

 

Paul Garrett, Acting Nursing Director said:  “We have a responsibility to assure our patients that they will have respect, dignity and appropriate care.

 

“Communicating with our patients isn’t just about talking. Non-verbal communication is very important too, especially for someone who may be losing their language skills.” 

 

Notes to Editor:

 

There are over 100 different types of dementia including: Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontal Lobe Dementia, CJD, Korsakoff’s Syndrome and Huntingtons Disease.

An estimated 820,000 people with dementia in the UK, this figure is set to rise to over 1,000,000 by 2025.

8,000 people in Gloucestershire have dementia.