Leading authorities in dementia care will be at Hartlepool conference

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LEADING authorities in dementia care will come together at a conference in Hartlepool to talk about the challenges facing the care profession.

The event, called The Elderly and the Timebomb, will take place at the Borough Hall, on the Headland.

It aims to share the best ways of working among care workers to the benefit of elderly people including those suffering from dementia.

With more people living longer, organisers hope the conference will help those who work in the field to give the best care possible.

The conference is being organised by local care professionals including Dorothy Huitson, who works at the BUPA Brierton Lodge, in Hartlepool.

She said: “At the end of the day it is about sharing best practice so that people feel more comfortable in their roles.

“It is an interactive day with workshops so we are not just listening to people speak.

“We are trying to draw out any issues people have and see if there is anything we can do.”

The keynote speaker of the day will be Professor Graham Stokes, BUPA’s director of dementia.

Dorothy added: “He has written several books on the subject and is an authority on dementia.

“We are pleased to get someone of his status and it should be a really worthwhile day.”

Other speakers will include solicitor Malcolm Smith, from Hartlepool, who will talk about subjects including probate and power of attorney.

Professionals from the Teesside Dementia Collaborative will also update delegates on the outcome of work they have been doing.

The event will feature a series of interactive workshops looking at the nutritional needs, stress, coping with bereavement and working with families.

It is aimed at carers or any other professional who thinks it is relevant to their work.

The conference takes place on Thursday, May 15, between 9am-5pm and is free thanks to funding received.