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Feedback from The Community Voice Meeting held on Thursday 7th October at Mount Vernon Hospital

posted 8 Oct 2010, 03:44 by Unknown user   [ updated 15 Oct 2010, 00:20 by Chorleywood Residents' Association ]
The main speaker was Dr Stella Barnes, Consultant in Elderly Care and Specialist Lead for Dementia and Falls at Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust.
The other main specialisms within Elderly Care are Stroke, Parkinsons and Orthogeriatrics. The Elderly Care Consultants primarily care for patients aged 80+ with complex needs.
Aging refers to all time-associated events that occure during the lifespan of an organism. There is an increased risk of falls due to deteriorating vision, hearing and balance, muscle strength and the slower process of sensory input.
When older people get sick they present in different ways and respond differently to medication than younger people. The incidence of dementia increases with age. There are 750,000 people in the UK living with dementia.
30 - 40 % of elderly people presenting at A&E have a level of dementia and these people have worse outcomes following any interventions.
The National Dementia Strategy was produced in 2009  'Living Well with Dementia' 
Training all levels of staff in Dementia Care is priority at the present time.
A question from the floor highlighted the fact that the general public need to be given more infomation about about Dementia.
The rest of the meeting
Joan Davis (Chairman) has produced a comprehensive response, on behalf of Community Voice, to the public consultation : The White Paper "Liberating the NHS". This response will be on the Community Voice Website.

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