National Dementia Awareness Week: Promoting Dementia Research in Humber

Lauren Sugden

Today we hear from Lauren Sugden, Research Assistant at Humber NHS Foundation Trust to fill us in on what the Trust have been up to in promoting dementia research:

As part of National Dementia Awareness week (17-23 May 2015), the ‘Ok to Ask’ about clinical research campaign and International Clinical Trials day, our Dementia Research team attended several events to promote research in the region.

Our aim was to let people know about the sort of research we are doing here in Humber, to promote the Join Dementia Research national service and increase the numbers signing up.
Throughout the week, Alzheimer’s Society hosted ‘Dementia Friends’ sessions across the region, where members of the pHumberublic could learn more about dementia. Our research team also went along, became Dementia Friends themselves, and spread the word about Join Dementia Research. On 21st May we even made our way into the Goole Times newspaper!

The week ended on a real high with an enjoyable event at Hull Memory Clinic on 22nd May, aimed at promoting Join Dementia Research to those currently accessing memory services in the local area and family and friends who support them, but was also open to those who heard about the event on BBC Radio Humberside when Prof Esme Moniz-Cook, Associate Director of Research and Development (R&D), was interviewed about dementia research on the breakfast show that morning.

Those attending the event enjoyed a lovely buffet lunch and had the chance to chat to others with similar experiences to themselves. Cathryn Hart, Head of R&D, then did a brief presentation on Join Dementia Research, research over the years and studies people might wish to get involved in now, e.g. the VALID (Valuing Active Life in Dementia) occupational therapy study. Researchers were then available to help anyone that wanted to sign up to Join Dementia Research to do so.

Humber2Cathryn was also interviewed by BBC Radio Humberside for their Drivetime show that afternoon, along with father and daughter, George and Claire Robinson, who were also at the event. Indeed everyone got a chance to have their voice heard on the radio that day as the reporter got us all to do a big group ‘shout out’.

Our Join Dementia Research champion for the region, Warren Branton, also came along with his wife Irene who has Alzheimer’s. He urged everyone to get involved with dementia research by signing up to the Join Dementia Research service, emphasising how vital research is in improving treatments and services for those diagnosed with dementia but also to provide hope for future generations.

Many signed up to Join Dementia Research on the day and said they would encourage friends and family to sign-up too. A great day seemed to be had by all!

two-people-discussing-V02Would you like to express your interest in volunteering for dementia research? Sign up to Join Dementia Research today!