HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, a GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG). DE­MEN­TIA Aware­ness Week 2015 takes place from May 17 to 23.

Or­gan­ised by the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, it pro­motes ser­vices such as the Na­tional De­men­tia Helpline and an on­line sup­port fo­rum called Talk­ing Point.

The helpline on 0300 222 1122 pro­vides ad­vice on all forms of de­men­tia in­clud­ing Alzheimer’s dis­ease and is open 9am to 8pm Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, 9am to 5pm Thurs­day and Fri­day, and from 10am to 4pm at the week­ends.

Talk­ing Point is open to any­one af­fected by de­men­tia and is a place to ask for ad­vice, share in­for­ma­tion and join in dis­cus­sions.

Here in eastern Cheshire, we have the fastest grow­ing num­ber of over 65s in the north west.

As peo­ple get older, they of­ten de­velop long-term con­di­tions such as de­men­tia.

That’s why we com­mis­sion a range of de­men­tia sup­port ser­vices in line with our aim to im­prove the healthre­lated qual­ity of life for peo­ple with long-term con­di­tions.

For ex­am­ple, we fund de­men­tia ad­vi­sors em­ployed by the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety to work with peo­ple who have been di­ag­nosed through as­sess­ment at a mem­ory clinic.

We com­mis­sion Age UK, in part­ner­ship with Cheshire Fire and Res­cue, to help peo­ple with de­men­tia live safely at home.

We have com­mis­sioned an ad­vi­sory ser­vice pro­vided by sev­eral hospices and de­men­tia char­i­ties as part of their end-of-life care packages.

This helps peo­ple with de­men­tia to com­plete prac­ti­cal tasks such as or­gan­is­ing power of at­tor­ney or writ­ing a will.

We fund a de­men­tia be­friend­ing pi­lot pro­vided by the Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice in Macclesfield Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and in the com­mu­nity.

CCG em­ploy­ees have been trained as ‘de­men­tia friends’ and we are work­ing with part­ners to de­velop, com­mis­sion and pro­vide in­te­grated ser­vices for peo­ple with de­men­tia and for their car­ers.

Early ex­am­ples of how this will look dif­fer­ent in­clude: ●● Timely ac­cess to com­mu­nity-based mem­ory clin­ics and sup­port from the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety. ●● Im­proved use of tele­health to sup­port peo­ple to live safely and well in their own homes. ●● Devel­op­ment of in­te­grated com­mu­nity teams sup­port­ing peo­ple to man­age their long-term con­di­tions and im­prove their qual­ity of life. FEEL­ING hun­gry? Re­mem­ber it’s Work­place Wed­nes­day to­day, mean­ing we could be bring­ing lots of yummy treats to you and your work mates.

All you have to do is text in to win! Sim­ply send your name and the name of your work­place to 60300, start your text with the word SILK and you could be re­ceiv­ing a visit from us.

Make the most of your week­end and join us at the Alder­ley Edge May Fair. With fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing a fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion, it’s set to be a bril­liant day out for all.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pa­rade and at­trac­tions, head to their web page. Have you seen the ‘101 Things to do at Tat­ton Park” fea­ture on our web­site yet?

Not only does it give you lots of in­spi­ra­tion for ex­cit­ing days out, you can also claim FREE car park en­try when you down­load the print­able voucher too.

Don’t for­get to tune in Fri­day morn­ing with Ditchy to find out which petrol sta­tion in Cheshire you can find the Fuel Fairy at, who will be wait­ing with en­velopes of cash to top up your tank!

●● Dr Paul Bowen

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