Be a friend to those living with dementia

We are supporting Dementia Awareness Week. Find out how you can get involved here.

19/05/2015

We are supporting The Alzheimer’s Society national campaign to raise awareness about dementia.  

Working closely with Dementia Friendly Hartlepool colleagues, dementia friends sessions are being held at Hartlepool Central Library during Dementia Awarness Week (18 – 22 May).  People from the local community are invited to come along to a session tomorrow (Wednesday 20 May) between 2pm and 3pm to find out what it’s like to live with dementia and how they can make a difference to people in their area.  

Caroline Ryder-Jones, occupational therapy clinical lead said, “Helping someone to get on the right bus or taking five minutes to have a chat with a neighbour are small actions we can all make to help someone live well with dementia.  Even just sharing a message on social media can help spread awareness and tackle the stigma which can surround mental ill health.

“The people of Hartlepool are known for their untiring support for local services and we hope the community will get behind our campaign to make Hartlepool dementia friendly.” 

Staff from Talking Therapies@TEWV will also be on hand at the library on Thursday 21 May between 10am and noon to speak with visitors about dementia and to offer advice about local support and services.

There will also be events happening across Teesside in support of Dementia Awareness Week including information stalls at Redcar Primary Care Hopsital, Roseberry Park and the Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough, as well as visits to local retirement villages.

You can support Dementia Awareness Week on social media using #DAW2015.