Dementia Action Week in Warrington
National Dementia Action Week is approaching and Warrington is joining in to raise awareness of the condition and help build a dementia-friendly borough.
Warrington Borough Council is hosting a number of free events borough-wide between Thursday 17 and Friday 25 May to support people who suffer from the condition, and to connect with carers and others who want to know more about it.
Dementia is the loss, usually gradually, of mental abilities such as thinking, remembering and reasoning. It is not a disease but a group of symptoms that may accompany some diseases or conditions affecting the brain.
Councillor Pat Wright, executive board member for health and adult social care said: “More than 2,000 people in Warrington are suffering from dementia. Most of us will know somebody who is living with the condition.
“It’s crucial that people who are suffering from dementia don’t feel isolated and that they know there is support out there for them. It’s also useful for others to be able to spot the early signs of dementia – short-term memory loss, repetition, confusion and so on – to help make a difference in the longer term. These sessions are for dementia suffers, their relatives, friends and carers, and anybody else wanting to know more about what can become a heart-breaking condition.”
Local events are being hosted by the council’s neighbourhood teams.
Staff and volunteers will be running activities including learning lunches, music and memory sessions, and workshops throughout the week.
Cllr Tony Higgins, executive board member for leisure and community, added: “We have an ageing population in Warrington, with the number of over 65s set to increase by 17% by 2021. This means dementia is becoming an increasingly bigger issue for all of us, so I’m pleased to see staff and volunteers alike getting out into local communities to spread the word.
“It’s important that we raise awareness about the condition and about how we can respond to it as individuals, as a council and as a community. I’m delighted that our community centres are leading the way both in creating a dementia friendly environment and in offering this programme of activity.
“Through this programme of events we hope to further understanding and lay the groundwork for a long-term approach to dealing with dementia in Warrington.”
The following sessions are scheduled for Dementia Awareness Week:
- Monday 21 May, 11am-12.30pm. Dementia Café Drop-in for anyone who is effected by dementia and would like support or a friendly chat with others experiencing similar things. Asda Café Birchwood.
- Monday 21 May, 5:30pm-6:30. Dementia friends information session supported by the Alzheimer's society a brief overview of dementia and ways we can support people to live well. Orford Community Hub.
- Tuesday 22 May, 11.30am-1.30pm. Light Lunch and dementia awareness session A free lunch and a chance to meet other people and support in your area and information on dementia. Capesthorne Community Centre.
- Wednesday 23 May, 9am-11. Dementia Pop Up a pop up stand with information on support services come and have a chat and see how we can help you. Fearnhead Community Centre.
- Wednesday 23 May, 12 noon. Grub in the Hub a weekly lunch club that is dementia friendly COST £3. Orford Community Hub.
- Thursday 24 May, 11am-1.30pm. Radley Common Lunch Club runs 4 days a week and is dementia friendly booking required please contact Maureen Higham on 07880 76617. Radley Common Community Centre.
- Thursday 24 May, 10am-12. One Stop Shop for dementia information a market place event with services and information all about supporting people affected by dementia. White Cross Community Centre.
- Friday 25 May, 12-3pm. Light lunch and film club a dementia friendly group that runs weekly COST £3. St Werburgh’s Community Hub.
Anybody interested in attending a Dementia Action Week event, or who would like more information, should contact Warrington Borough Council on 01925 443098.