Don’t give up and keep asking for help, dementia meeting is urged

The third dementia awareness evening in Tring drew in a crowd of more than 90 people PNL-140703-164159001
The third dementia awareness evening in Tring drew in a crowd of more than 90 people PNL-140703-164159001

A GP urged people facing life with dementia to persevere if at first they do not get the help that they need.

Dr Ali Wainwright encouraged people not to give up during a free event where people could find out more about managing dementia.

More than 100 people turned out for the information evening at Tring’s High Street Baptist Church.

As well as Tring GP Dr Wainwright, early dementia diagnosis specialist Richard Pogson and consultant psychiatrist Dr Rahul Tomar were guest speakers on the night.

Hazel Lovelace, who helped to organise the event, said: “It was mostly carers there and people who were concerned about loves ones, about diagnoses and how they should approach services.

“It did seem very helpful. People were very interested and they seemed to have learnt a lot.

“It is a very difficult area and I think that is what came out of the evening - how difficult it is to cope and how to manage the situation but the emphasis was that it is about living with dementia. It is not the end of the world and there are things that can help but it is approaching the right people and getting the right help and often it is the GP who is the gatekeeper.”

Dr Tomar was impressed by the turnout and said it was a great example of a church leading the community in social care and action.

He said: “Tring Town Council is in the process of becoming a dementia-friendly town. Tring Baptist Church is a dementia-friendly church and clearly displays a sign stating this.

“Already it has proved to be helpful in attracting new attendees with dementia and their families, making all feel welcome and understood.”

Richard Pogson said that Tring is “at the vanguard in seeking to involve the local community in Dementia awareness – a model that could be replicated by others.”

The evening included topics such as diagnosis and the role of the psychiatrist, what to expect from a memory or dementia maintenance clinic, treatment, prevention and care in the home.

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