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Japanese professor visits Dementia support team in fact finding trip

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Japanese professor has visited the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital as part of a fact finding mission into supporting people living with a diagnosis of Dementia.

Professor Akiko Tajima of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Gerontology visited the hospital to meet occupational therapists (OT) working to support our Dementia Post Diagnosis Support Services.

The professor attended the hospital as part of a fact finding mission in order to help develop OT practice for people in Japan living with dementia as Scotland is seen as a world leader in terms of the policy and practice in how people are supported

More than 2,000 people are newly diagnosed with dementia each year in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. People who are diagnosed now receive support and advice on how to cope with their diagnosis from a named link worker over the following 12 months.

Christine Steel, Allied Health Professional Consultant for Dementia, NHSGGC, said: “Hosting Professor Tajima at the QEUH was recognition of the great work being done by our OTs and colleagues in supporting people with dementia.

“It was a great opportunity to share our learning and experience as well as allowing us to gain some insight and understanding from a Japanese perspective.

“In Scotland we really are at the forefront of improvements in dementia care and are already on our third dementia strategy and that was something the professor was keen to learn more about.

“We spoke about the importance of recognising that receiving a dementia diagnosis can be a difficult time but it is important to provide support as early as possible. 

“Post Diagnosis Support is tailored to each individual person and is there to help people to stay as independent and connected with their community as possible.

“We fully understand that getting the right support after diagnosis is absolutely vital to help people understand the illness, arrange plans for the future, make contact with others who are also living with dementia and support their interaction with partners and families.

“Our OTs help patients self manage their condition in order to support their independence. There is no single element in providing support so we look at the bigger picture and take an assessment of the person’s physical and social environments. How we interact with the world is what makes us us.”

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