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Dementia Awareness Week 2017

For Dementia Awareness Week, we look back at the Dementia and Incontinence Matters event held last November as part of Patient Month.

The event, organised by the Dementia Innovation Hub at Newcastle University, brought together researchers, specialist dementia and incontinence nurses, patient and care organisations and business. The aim was to share insights on incontinence: looking at key challenges for carers and people living with dementia.

Dr Lynne Corner, Director of Engagement for the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, introduced the event and welcomed delegates.

Dr Louise Allan from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust then began with a clinical perspective, followed by Professor Alan Cottenden from University College London, who gave an overview of the technical challenges involved.

Rachel Watson, an Admiral Nurse, and Margaret McGuigan, a Nightingale Nurse closed the first part of the session with some care and support case studies.

After lunch and networking, the second part of the day got underway with Dr Nicola Heron from Devices for Dignity (D4D), who spoke on innovations in urinary continence management.

Dr Peter Culmer from Leeds University then discussed engineering improvements for incontinence.

The day was concluded with case studies, a round table discussion (pictured above) and a final note from Professor Alan Cottenden which posed the question: where do we go now?

The event was a fantastic opportunity for all involved to share best insights, challenges and ways to work better in the future. It also echoed the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre’s commitment to dementia and age-related research through the theme of Ageing Brain, as well as the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Unit in Lewy Body Dementia.


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