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“Memory and Spirituality: the role of faith/belief in promoting the wellbei...
Wed 26 April 2017, 09:00 – 15:00 BST
This one day, free Conference is to be held at Chelmsford Cathedral,
on Wednesday 26th April 2017, and is entitled
“Memory and Spirituality: the role of faith/belief in promoting the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers”
“In a climate of continuing budget cuts despite Government rhetoric about the importance of mental health services, and with the number of those living with dementia rapidly increasing, this conference will reflect on how better to understand dementia, and how faith and belief can work alongside voluntary and statutory agencies to make a positive contribution to the care and support of those living with dementia.”
In Essex it is estimated that there are some 20,300 people living with a diagnosis of dementia of which 81% live in the community and are dependent on family/carers for support*. Dementia is becoming an increasing concern in faith communities as elsewhere requiring more pastoral and community work, as people living with dementia and those who care for them experience isolation and an increasing lack of resources for healthcare provision.
This major one day Essex wide conference will explore the place and role of spirituality in the understanding and the management of dementia and its impact upon those living with the condition, and those who care for them. In a climate of continuing budget cuts despite government rhetoric about the importance of mental health services, and with the number of those living with dementia rapidly increasing, this conference will reflect on how better to understand dementia, and how faith and belief can work alongside voluntary and statutory agencies, without duplicating their provision, to make a positive contribution to the care and support of those living with dementia.
Through a rich variety of speakers, workshops, stalls and time for questions and discussion, the conference will seek both to encourage faith/belief groups and individuals to engage with the issues and resource them to be able to offer practical advice and support. Through working cooperatively with the other voluntary and statutory agencies it will seek to maximise resources and assess how faith/spirituality issues and concerns can assist with the understanding, care and quality of life for those living with dementia and their carers.
*Source; The Alzheimers Society
Speakers will include:
*Dr. Christine Macleod, formerly Medical Director NHS England Midlands and East
*Dr. Peter Kevern, Associate Professor in Values in Care
*Rev’d Dr Joanna Collicutt, Advisor, Spiritual Care for Older People
Workshop sessions include:
Dementia Action Alliances: Geoff Moore
Dementia Friends: Mark Neville
A mental health Chaplaincy perspective: Allison Cline-Dean
Dementia friendly Gudwaras: Sital Mann
Dementia awareness: Nicole Kenlin
Communities and dementia: FaithAction:
Essex Dementia Care: Debbie Davis