Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers in Lincolnshire will be out in force this month for Dementia Awareness Week™.
The Week – which runs from Sunday, May 17, to Saturday, May 23 – includes special events to help make Chapel St Leonards a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ as well as other events across Lincolnshire including talks for health professionals, information stands in local libraries and hospitals and singing sessions.
There will also be the chance to become a ‘Dementia Friend’ – a national initiative which has seen more than a million people making a commitment to improve the lives of people with the condition.
Lincolnshire events include:
- An information event for members of the Lincolnshire Royal Air Force Association in Lincoln (May 18th)
- Information and support stand at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital (May 18th and May 20th, 10am – 4pm)
- Pop-up Dementia Café and Dementia Friends session at Chapel St Leonards Village Hall from 9.30am – 12 noon (May 19th)
- Information and support stand at Chapel Garden Centre on Skegness Road in Chapel St Leonards (May 19th 1.30pm – 3.30pm)
- Information and support stand at Barclay’s Bank in Boston (May 20th, 9.30am – 12.30pm)
- Dementia Friends sessions for staff working in GP practices in Chapel St Leonards (May 21st)
- Dementia support discussion event in Boston (May 21st, 9.30am to 12.30pm organised by the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, please email Eloise.Thompson@LincolnshireEastCCG.nhs.uk to attend)
- Pop up Dementia Café, information stand and Singing for the Brain session at Age UK on Park Street, Lincoln (May 22nd 9am – 1pm joint event with Age UK)
- Early diagnosis information event with GPs and Commissioners at New Life Centre in Sleaford (May 22nd 9.30am – 1.00pm).
- Information stands in libraries in Spalding, Louth, Wragby and Caistor (unmanned, week long)
Nasim Minhas, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Lincolnshire said:
‘We strongly believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins and we do everything we can to help those living with dementia hold on to their lives and the things they love for longer. During Dementia Awareness Week we want to get people thinking about how it’s not only possible for someone with dementia to hold onto their life and the things they love for longer, they can continue to try new things and have new experiences, too. As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia but with the right support people with the condition can continue to do the things to love and lots, lots more.’
There are 11,000 people who are currently living with dementia in Lincolnshire and that figure is set to rise as the population ages.
Alzheimer’s Society has a range of services which support people with dementia and their carers in and around Lincolnshire such as a dementia cafés and Singing from the Brain. For further details contact staff at the Lincolnshire office on 01522 692681.