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18 May 2016
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Dementia awareness event in Felixstowe

People living with dementia or are a carer or family member of someone who is, are invited to a dementia awareness day event being held in Felixstowe on Friday 20 May.

This event is a good opportunity to find out what services and support are available in the area, helping ensure those living with the condition can lead active and fulfilling lives. Carers and family members will be also be able to learn about the support services available locally, and there will be the chance to talk with health experts and representatives from organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Suffolk MIND, Age UK Suffolk, Sue Ryder, Suffolk VASP and Healthwatch Suffolk.

Organised by the Grove Medical Centre Patient Participation Group and supported by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, the awareness day event will take place at The Grove Medical Centre, Grove Road, Felixstowe IP11 9JL between 10 am – 2pm on Friday 20 May.

Adrian Ilott, practice manager at Grove Medical Centre said: “Dementia is a common condition among older people and is associated with memory loss and a decline in judgement and understanding. In Suffolk it is estimated around 12,000 older people are living with the condition, a number which is expected to double over the next 15 years.

“We’re holding this event during Dementia Awareness Week to highlight that care and support is available for those living with and those who are touched by dementia.  People who have been diagnosed with dementia shouldn’t give up on life, and we know it can be difficult to access the right help and support to make their lives are as happy as possible. This event will help people navigate the range of services available in east Suffolk.

“The event will also help family members and carers, who often feel frustrated and isolated and that they have nowhere to turn. They will be able to talk with local health representatives who can help them get the support they need.

"There is no need to be a patient at our practice and everyone is welcome to attend."

Free refreshments will be available on the day.

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