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LOCAL MUM DRIVES CHANGE IN DEMENTIA TREATMENT


T


he lack of adequate care for people suffering from Dementia is driving a mother from


Abbots Langley to bring about change in the way the disease is treated. Victoria Lyons, of Marlin Square, has been


recently appointed Head of Development for Dementia UK, a charity which provides help and support for people with the disease and the carers who look after them. Victoria‘s goal is to get funding for specially


trained mental health nurses who are experts in Dementia. Other parts of the country have these highly trained staff, called Admiral Nurses, but Hertfordshire has none. Victoria said: ―I‘ve worked as a nurse for the


charity for six years and am really passionate about it. I‘ve had grandparents suffer with the disease and I know how hard it is for families coping with it. We need to raise funds and awareness of Admiral Nurses and the great work they do. The aim is to enable families to understand the impact of dementia, manage everyday life in the best way possible, be supported with decisions as the condition


Victoria Lyons.


progresses and plan positively for the future.‖ For anyone needing support or advice about


caring for a family member with dementia, the charity runs a helpline, Admiral Nursing DIRECT on 0845 257 9406 or email direct@dementiauk.org Victoria is keen to hear from anyone with


fundraising ideas or who would like to form a network of carers. She can be contacted at the charity‘s main office in London on 020 7874 7200 or by email to victoria.lyons@dementiauk.org


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