Get involved with Dementia Awareness Week

19 May 2016

Dementia Awareness Week will be celebrated across west Cheshire with a number of events between May 14 and 21.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has teamed up with partners to raise awareness and reduce stigma around dementia and is leading work to make west Cheshire a Dementia Friendly Borough.

Partners include the Alzheimer’s Society, the Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, and the West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Councillor Louise Gittins, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “Living with dementia can have big emotional, social, psychological and practical impacts on a person, with many describing it as a series of losses and adjusting to them is challenging. 

“Personal relationships and someone's social environment are central to life, regardless of age or mental ability and we can recognise this by being as supportive as possible. 

“Carers, friends and family can help a person with dementia to feel valued and included, with support sensitive to the person as an individual, focusing on their wellbeing and meeting their needs.

“As a council we want to help make sure vulnerable adults feel safe and protected and hope these events will show our support for people living with dementia and their carers, friends and family.”

Dementia is an umbrella term that is used to describe a number of symptoms that may include; memory loss, mood changes, problems with communication and reasoning. 

There are many different types of dementia, the most common of which are Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Dementia is however, not just about older people or memory loss and there are many forms of dementia including some of the rarer types that affect younger people. 

There are currently over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is estimated that 42,000 people are under 65.

The Dementia Friendly Communities programme is a national initiative focused on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia. Cheshire West and Chester’s Dementia Inclusive Communities Team are working with people affected by dementia, businesses, organisations, teams and services to raise awareness of dementia and to inspire, enable and support them to become more dementia friendly and inclusive. 

The West Cheshire Dementia Action Alliance is a local alliance that brings people from organisations and communities from across the borough together to take practical actions to enable people to live better with dementia. 

For more information visit: Dementia Action Alliance or contact Andy and Sandie at dementiafriends@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or jennifer.burgess@alzheimers.org.uk or telephone 01925 572239.

The following events have been planned:

Cheshire West and Chester Library Service are running Dementia Friends Information Sessions in a number of libraries. All the sessions are listed on the Cheshire West and Chester ‘Your West Cheshire’ events page.

Cheshire West Library service also offers a range of materials to support people living with dementia and their carer’s. Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia is a list of self-help titles and information books that have been selected by healthcare professionals and are available to borrow for free through libraries. 

Cheshire Memories is a collection of 22 themed Memory Boxes containing a range of material, including objects, photographs, poetry, music, books and smell boxes. They are ideal for using in reminiscence activities and are available for use with social / community groups and other local organisations. 

Deafness Support Network are hosting their first memory cafe in Chester - 'You Me and Tea' 11am to 1.30pm on Wednesday the 18th of May at Deafness Support Network, Chester Deaf Centre, Chester. The event is open to everyone who is living with hearing loss and/or memory problems and their friends or carers. Fun activities, Afternoon tea, seated exercises, reminiscence therapy, and much more! BSL interpreters will be available. To book a place contact Deafness Support Network by phone: 0333 220 5050 or by text: 07786 200547.

Vivo Care Choices and the Alzheimer’s Society invite people to join the team at Curzon House Comunity Support Centre, Chester, CH4 8BP for a special afternoon tea and join in the entertainment with Music in Hospitals to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week 1.30-4.30pm on 19th May 2016. For more information contact Anne Jones on 01244 977314.

The Alzheimer’s Society also have an event at Marks and Spencer, Cheshire Oaks on Saturday 21th May from 11.00am with the Frodsham Community Choir. For more information call: 01606 781110

Grosvenor Museum – Memories Trail

This is a self-led walk around the Museum. It is particularly aimed at people living with dementia and their carers/ families. The trail has links to Chester and surrounding areas. Visitors are given a ‘Memory Pack’ which includes various prompts; images and objects to help stimulate memories from bygone times. At the end of the trail, visitors are welcome to visit our 1940’s-themed tearoom. The trail is free of charge and fully accessible.

Open every day: 10.30am 5pm (except Sunday: 1 – 4pm)
Grosvenor Museum-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester. CH1 2DD. Contact: Virginia Kettle- 01244 972120
Virginia.kettle@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Countess of Chester Hospital #DementiaDO

#DementiaDO...the basics is an open NHS dementia education session for anyone to attend, Health and Social Care staff, members of the public and people affected by dementia too! The sessions are one and a half hours long and are fully endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Society. DementiaDo incorporates the principles of the Dementia Friends Information session and also meets the outcome requirements of mandated NHS Tier1 dementia awareness. All sessions will be held at 3.30pm—5pm.
  • Monday, 11 July - Lecture Theatre, Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Monday, 15 August - Lecture Theatre, Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Monday, 12 September - Lecture Theatre, Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Monday, 10 October - Lecture Theatre, Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Monday, 14 November - Lecture Theatre, Countess of Chester Hospital
To book a place: #Dementia Do sessions will also take place in G1 at the HQ building, Nicholas Street Chester, CH1 2NP on:
  • Thursday, 19 May 2016, 10 - 11.30am
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 2 - 3.30pm
  • Thursday, 14 July 2016, 10 - 11.30am
To book a place:

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