In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes.
Dementia is a set of symptoms that affect the brain including memory loss, mood changes and communication problems.
Each year the Alzheimer’s Society host Dementia Action Week, to raise awareness about the condition.
This Dementia Action Week (20-26 May) Trust staff from across Teesside are hosting events to help raise awareness of the condition, offer advice and signpost people to the support available locally.
Friday 17 May 2019, 11am - 3pm
Live Well Dementia Hub, Thorntree Road, Thornaby, TS17 8AP.
People in Thornaby are invited to hop on board the visiting Melissa bus to find out more about dementia and delirium. Trust staff will be on hand to answer your questions, offer informal advice and sign post you to appropriate support.
Monday 20 May, 9am – 4pm
Staff from Reedmarsh House in Redcar will be on hand to talk to local people about the support available for those living with dementia, answer your questions and provide informal advice. There will be a host of workshops including dementia friends sessions and representatives from organisations including age uk and carers together will be available.
Tuesday 21 May 2019, 1pm – 3pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road
TEWV staff from the memory service based at Woodside in Middlesbrough are hosting a retro inspired vintage fair for those living with dementia and their carers. There will be a range of information stalls available showcasing the support available locally and our staff will be available to answer your questions about dementia. There will also be a range of activities on offer including reminiscence tables, games and a vintage sweet stall.
Organisations including Middlesbrough Council, Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough and the Alzheimer’s Society will also be on hand to offer further support and resources.
TEWV staff said…
Allison Cook, locality manager, mental health services for older people, Teesside said “Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be scary. Different people are affected in different ways but it is important to remind people that they can live well with the condition. Events like these help to raise awareness around dementia including how to spot signs and some of the small changes people can make to help someone experiencing difficulties. They also create a forum where people can find out about the support available locally and provide an opportunity for people to connect with others, helping to reduce the social isolation people with dementia can experience.”
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