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Dying Matters Week 2018

Event: Dying Matters Awareness Week

Date: Friday 18th May 2018

Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Location: The Quad, The Square, Derby.

Due to the success of last year’s event, we would like to invite our community to join us once again at The Quad, Derby for our later life planning event in aid of Dying Matters Awareness Week. This year we are being joined by several organisations and professionals from across the involved industries to bring to you a ‘one stop’ informative event where you can gather information on the topics you are interested in as well as have all your questions answered by the experts.

Dying Matters Awareness Week was created in 2009 by The National Council of Palliative Care to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Their mission was to encourage more people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and to promote the importance of later life planning. The public stigma around death and dying has impacted the quality of care people receive. We want this to change. In order to make a positive change, we encourage our community to talk about the important topics regarding their care and wishes in preparation for when it is needed.

As Funeral Directors, we can’t stress enough the importance of letting your family know your wishes. We often see bereaved families in turmoil as no one knew what their loved one would have wanted, and they don’t want to make the wrong decision. During this event, the following organisations and professionals will be joining us, to cover all bases for later life planning:

Age UK

“Age UK Derby and Derbyshire provides a number of services on a daily basis for adults aged 50 plus in Derby and Derbyshire. These include our Befrienders who work with the most chronically lonely and isolated older people. Our Information and Advice services guide older people and carers through the maze of benefits and services. Our Memory Lane services provide a reminiscence service to help older people and those suffering memory loss in Amber Valley, Erewash and North Derbyshire.  Our Careline service which contacts around 40 older people a day who are either lonely, socially isolated or both. Our day services and activities, foot care and falls prevention activities help keep older people active and mentally and physically independent and, best of all, having fun. All our services stand by the most vulnerable older people and carers to help secure their rights and make their voice heard in life-changing decision-making processes and work to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Richmond Village – Aston-On-Trent

“Offering luxury retirement living, Richmond Village Aston-on-Trent is situated in the quintessential English village of Aston-on-Trent in South Derbyshire. Richmond Village Aston-on-Trent provides a wide choice of retirement accommodation, including Village Apartments promoting independent living and Village Suites for assisted living. The retirement village also has its own dedicated care home providing full nursing care, end of life care and dementia care, including respite and retreat holidays.”

Timms Solicitors

“Timms Solicitors have been established since 1892 and have over 120 years of providing advice and guidance for clients. We put our clients at the heart of what we do and are committed to providing a comprehensive, professional legal service.

Within our business we have over fourty Dementia Friends and six Dementia Champions who regularly run sessions for clubs, groups or businesses throughout Derbyshire, Staffordshire and North Leicestershire.”

Alzheimer’s Society – East Midlands

“We are the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia. We provide information and support, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

Our mission is to change the landscape of dementia forever. Our vision is a world without dementia. Our ambitions are: to reach every person who has a diagnosis and wants our help; to change the conversation on dementia and mainstream the rights of those affected by it; and drive the research agenda – working tirelessly to improve support today and unlock the answers for a cure tomorrow.”

We will also be being joined by The Royal British Legion, Making space and Derby’s NHS Hospital End of Life Care Team CCG.