Events highlight signs of dementia

Staff on Ward 3 at North Tyneside General Hospital helping to raise awareness of dementia.
Staff on Ward 3 at North Tyneside General Hospital helping to raise awareness of dementia.

A series of tea parties were held by hospital staff to help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held the events on hospital wards and libraries across North Tyneside and Northumberland to mark dementia awareness week.

The parties, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, were aiming to give elderly patients, their families and staff information about condition and signs of the disease.

Annie Laverty, director of patient experience at the trust, said: “We were delighted to support this year’s national campaign.

“We know that dementia touches the lives of so many people and yet not everyone feels able to talk about some of the challenges they face.

“We wanted to play our part in helping to improve awareness as well as ensure that patients and their carers get prompt access to the help they need.

“The tea parties were a resounding success and helped to encourage patients, their families and our staff to talk about dementia together, to share their stories in order to help make important changes.

“A huge thank you to all the staff who organised the tea parties.”

The trust also held an event for governors and members to raise awareness among staff about the signs and symptoms of dementia.