During Dementia Awareness Week 2017 (14 – 20 May), NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups and Suffolk County Council are promoting a number of events across the county to show that life doesn’t end with the diagnosis of dementia.
The events will be taking place at local care homes and involve residents living with dementia, including rock and roll music, the creation of a Dementia Friends garden, reminiscences and a cream tea party.
There will also be information sessions to highlight the advice and support available to those touched by dementia, including families, carers and friends.
People are also being encouraged to attend Dementia Friends training sessions, which enable them to learn more about the condition and then consider staying in touch with someone they know who lives with dementia or volunteer for a local dementia organisation.
The support for Dementia Awareness Week follows last month’s launch of a new Dementia Together service, commissioned by the CCGs and Suffolk County Council, which is enabling people with dementia to access the right information and support in the community to help them live well with the condition from its early stages until the end of life.
Ben Harvey, care home manager with NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group says: “Dementia Awareness Week is in an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness of the condition, which affects an estimated 12,000 older people in Suffolk.
“Memory loss and the potential diagnosis of dementia causes people a great deal of concern. While there is no cure for dementia, with the right support and treatment options it is possible for people living with the condition to enjoy a good quality of life.
“These events will also help family members and carers know that there is help and support available out there for them as well as motivate people to get involved through Dementia Friends.”
Abdul Razaq, Director of Public Health & Protection at Suffolk County Council said “Dementia Awareness Week is about raising awareness of dementia and how we can enable people to live well with the condition, while supporting their friends, family and colleagues who care for them. Our aim is to make Suffolk the most dementia friendly county by raising the knowledge and skills of dementia friends across the public, private and community voluntary sectors.”
Learn more about the Dementia Together service in east and west Suffolk HERE
Dementia Awareness Week is organized by The Alzheimer’s Society, find out more HERE
See list of awareness week events in Suffolk HERE