Monday, May 27, 2024

Increasing dementia awareness

A NUMBER of events are being held next week to mark Dementia Awareness Week (19 to 25 May).

With one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over 80 suffering a form of dementia now and a predicted increase of nearly a quarter in Thurrock by[S1] 2020, dementia is everybody’s business.

On Tuesday (21 May), the local Alzheimer’s Society and a member of the Memory Service will be at Blackshots Library in Blackshots Lane, Grays, between 2pm and 5pm to give information and advice to anybody who is worried about their memory.

And two days later (Thursday 23 May) they will be at Corringham Library in St John’s Way, between 10am and 2pm.

The Blackshots and Corringham areas have the highest percentage of people with dementia in the borough.

Wednesday (22 May) sees a 20-minute film called Darkness in the Afternoon at the Thameside Theatre with showings starting at o 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. All showings are open to the public and free of charge – just turn up!

Finally, on Friday (24 May) the Dementia Action Alliance is being launched at the Beehive Resource Centre in Grays.

Four one-hour information sessions are being held starting at 9am, noon, 1pm and 5pm where local organisations can find out more about the scheme.

The Dementia Action Alliance will see local businesses, council and other services, organisations and charities come together to make the local community a place where people can be supported to live well with the condition.

If you would like to find out how your organisation can take action and make a difference please e-mail info@healthwatchthurrock.org. stating which session you would like to attend.



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