De­men­tia key fo­cus of fo­rum

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

GLENDENNING’S Sandy Fon­moa will share her story with de­men­tia pa­tients, car­ers, health ex­perts and fam­ily mem­bers at a fo­rum next week to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease.

Mrs Fon­moa (above) cared for her mother, who died from com­pli­ca­tions from de­men­tia.

“She had de­men­tia for five years,” Mrs Fon­moa said.

“You feel hope­less be­cause you just can’t help them.”

Mrs Fon­moa urged car­ers of pa­tients to make “end-oflife” ar­range­ments early.

“It’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to plan the end-of-life care and ask all the ques­tions be­fore it’s too late. Let them die with dig­nity,” she said.

Ge­ri­a­tri­cian Gary Cheuk said the fo­rum would give peo­ple an idea of what it was like to live with some­one who had de­men­tia.

“With an in­creas­ing age­ing pop­u­la­tion, it’s im­por­tant we cre­ate aware­ness around the is­sues and get peo­ple talk­ing about de­men­tia,” Dr Cheuk said.

The fo­rum will cover le­gal con­sid­er­a­tions, ad­vance care plan­ning, nu­tri­tion, and hy­dra­tion in re­la­tion to de­men­tia pa­tients and car­ers.

Black­town Hos­pi­tal will host the fo­rum, on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 28, in its Western Sydney Univer­sity Build­ing from 9.30am to 4pm.

To reg­is­ter for the Gen­eral Pub­lic and Carer’s stream at 9.30am call 8811 7110 or email events@wen­twest.com.au.

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