SCHOOLCHILDREN burst into song in the sunshine to launch Dementia Action Week in Tameside.
Pupils from Ashton’s The Hey’s Primary School gave an impressive performance, supported by Tameside Music Service, at the start of a host of events to support the campaign.
Forget-me-not flowers – the Dementia Friends logo – have also been planted at Stalybridge’s Stamford Park.
Today’s (21) launch event at the park’s Pavilion Café was opened by the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman, on her final Mayoral engagement, supported by her Consort, Mr Fred Bowerman.
It featured stalls from the Alzheimer’s Society, Tameside Council’s Community Response Service (CRS), Dementia Nurses and the Herbert Protocol, a police scheme that compiles key information about someone with dementia in case they go missing.
Yvonne Clarke (57), from Hattersley, and her family were devastated when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 52. But she keeps herself busy, including attending events to talk about her situation, to keep her mind active.
Yvonne wears a badge when out shopping or at events to let people know she has Alzheimer’s and finds people are then more understanding.
She praised the event, saying: “I think it’s a good thing as when I was first told I didn’t get any information but there’s more support now. This brings everyone together and if you have any problems you can ask questions.”
This year, Dementia Awareness Week has changed to Dementia Action Week with everyone urged to take action, whether big or small, to make everyday life better for people affected by dementia.
Tameside Council is backing the Alzheimer’s Society initiative with Public Health staff organising a week of events.
Tomorrow (22) and Wednesday (23), activities will take place at the Dementia Friendly Café and Museum Space in the Bridgeview Café at Portland Basin Museum, including a Dementia Friends mini cinema, craft activities and dementia advice.
On Friday (25), Willow Wood Hospice will host a concert from 1pm to 3pm featuring a Saxophone Quartet.
The finale also takes place on Friday (25) from 11am until 1pm with Manchester Camerata involved in a community performance at Stamford Park’s Pavilion Café.
CRS can make life easier, safer and more comfortable for people living with dementia and their carers. It offers a range of technology and equipment, such as personal alarms linked to a 24-hour response centre and health monitoring devices, which help people with disabilities and long-term conditions live more independently. For more information call 0161 342 5100.
Residents are encouraged to become Dementia Friends. Visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find out more.
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