Dementia webinar: why meaningful activity matters
12 September 2014
Becky Lambert, dementia lead for the Royal Free London, will be the expert guest speaker in a National Skills Academy for Health webinar on 17 September at 12pm. The webinar is entitled 'Challenging systems: how to enhance and enable meaningful activity for people with dementia'.
Becky has worked at the Royal Free London for 12 years developing our services for people with dementia across the whole trust. Her focus is on initiatives to help patients manage their condition and on training for the staff caring for them so that they understand patients' complex range of needs.
She says, "It is an innate human need to have a purpose and meaning in life. The desire to be needed, to provide for yourself and others and to have a role in the world does not disappear following a dementia diagnosis.
"I provide support to staff who work with patients who have dementia, advising on techniques to manage their complex needs, providing routine and pre-empting care needs that could lead to distress. I offer carers support and a lot of signposting to community support services."
In a National Skills Academy blog Becky explains what led her to this career and she talks passionately about the need for people with dementia to have a sense of purpose in their lives. The webinar is aimed at healthcare professionals and is free to join. Register for a place today.