In 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025. Latest research shows one in four people with dementia are first diagnosed in A&E, and there is evidence that live music can help unlock memories. It seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.
With that in mind, and as part of National Dementia Week (May 18-24), doctors and nurses at Tameside Hospital are inviting patients, their carers and families for afternoon tea and musical entertainment on Wednesday (May 20).
The idea is to use this friendly and informal setting to talk about the many ways the hospital can help and support people with dementia and the people who love and care for them.
Lead Nurse, Pam Kehoe, of the Frail Elderly and Dementia team explains: “Dementia can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. It can strip people of their memories, their relationships and connections to the world they love. But it doesn’t have to be so brutal. There is lots of help and support at hand and we want to use this occasion to promote better understanding of dementia and to provide information to anyone who requires it and signpost them to ways of getting support.“
Live entertainment will be provided by Oscar Bernhardts Charleston Charlies. They are part of the Music in Hospitals network and fans of their work include Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Pam and the team hope this musical trip down memory lane will help bring back good memories for some patients and help open up a conversation on how best to deal with their dementia.
Notes to Editors
Tameside Hospital serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside and Glossop. As a busy Foundation Trust Hospital we provide a range of high quality elective, emergency and specialist services for adults and children. Our mission is to work with colleagues, patients, carers and the wider public to ensure that at our Hospital, Everybody Matters.
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