Forum on 26th February
The Palmer Room at the Health Centre was the venue for the first of three talks on Dementia. It was a glorious spring afternoon. Dr Sam Muncey introduced Kate Hampton from AGE UK and Diana Beveridge both of whom told very personal stories of being carers for family members and gave much useful advice. They explained how, when & where to get help. The talks were followed by questions and experiences from the audience. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes were served to round off the very successful afternoon.
Forum on 26th March
This was the second of three talks held in the Palmer Room at the Health Centre. Nicky Vernede a Dietician from Oxford Health gave a very informative talk with a slide presentation. She stressed the importance of a balanced diet and advised on the need to avoid certain foods and textures if eating or swallowing is difficult.
Louise Williams and Vicky Tomlinson from Carers Oxfordshire then spoke about their role in supporting and giving advice and where carers can find additional help. They brought a very useful booklet called ‘Care Matters’ which is available at the Health Centre.
Question time brought discussion and debate from the audience, which included examples of personal situations.
Tea, coffee and home-made cakes rounded off another very successful afternoon.
Forum on 30th April
The last of three talks on Dementia was held in the Palmer Room at the Health Centre. Dr Ralph Drury introduced the speakers Rose Elliot and Ken Blanton.
Rose Elliot is an Admiral Nurse from The Orders of St John Care Trust. She works at Chilterns Court Care Home and in the community under Dementia UK. She spoke about her role, helping carers and also in training other nurses for the role.
Ken Blanton kindly stood in for Esther Ramsay-Jones who was unable to attend. Ken is a Specialist Counsellor at Sue Ryder Nettlebed. He suggested thinking about the use of the word ‘should’. Do what is right for carer and patient now rather than in a normal situation.
A video clip about a son and his mother, a photographic journey through Dementia is available . Google Tony Luicani – TED talk
An interactive question time with general debate aired some personal situations which were discussed in a relaxed atmosphere,
Refreshments were enjoyed at the end of the afternoon.