Dementia key focus of forum
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.