Do something new for Dementia Awareness Week

Alzheimer's Society pics SUS-150324-173743001
Alzheimer's Society pics SUS-150324-173743001

A 24-hour marathon of back-to-back dementia information sessions is taking place as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The week, which runs until Saturday is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society and this year Dementia Friends Champions will be doing something new by holding sessions at the Craft Centre at the Kingston Centre, from tomorrow, Friday at 10am to Saturday, 10am.

The 24 hours of 45-minute, interactive Dementia Friends sessions are taking place across the country. The day-long event will see sessions running in shops, shopping centres, libraries, cafes, gardens, hospitals and police stations.

It forms part of Alzheimer’s Society’s awareness-raising campaign, which this year is encouraging people across the country to ‘do something new’.

Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by the society and aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia.

Local Dementia Friend champion Ruth Martin said: “I’ve been a Dementia Friends Champion for the last 18 months. It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and to dispel some of the myths which exist about the disease.

“Dementia can affect a person’s relationships and their connection to the world they love, leaving them feeling isolated and alone. By becoming a Dementia Friend you can help keep people connected to their lives and people who matter most.

“I also support two Singing for the Brain groups here in Milton Keynes; these groups help people living with dementia and their carers to have a good time singing together.”

For more information on Dementia Friends session, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk or to find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society services in Milton Keynes, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk.

For more information about Alzheimer’s Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk