Previously known as Dementia Awareness Week, Dementia Action Week takes place between the 20th and the 26th of May. The goal of Dementia Action Week is to encourage people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly UK where those with dementia do not feel excluded.
There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia for which there is still no cure.
Dementia does not just affect the elderly, 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 suffer from early onset dementia. It is believed that by 2051 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to 2 million.
For everybody who's been watching My Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure on TV, the fact that so many younger people also have dementia will have become very apparent.
So what actions can we take which can help? We shall be suggesting an action per day of the week of Dementia Action Week. Here are the first couple...
If you haven't already seen it you could start now by watching the two moving episodes of My Dementia Choir:
Watch Part Two of Two of My Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure - link to follow or google My Dementia Choir!
Find out about music for people with dementia in Lymington - Together in Harmony, music group with music therapist Frances Attwood
This is a really quick and rewarding way to gain a better understanding of what it's like to have dementia. One hour spent gaining this knowledge can give you the confidence to start a conversation with somebody with dementia, which in turn has the potential to bring some joy to their day - a small investment indeed.
Sessions take place monthly at Linden House, New Street, Lymington on the last Thursday of the month thus: 30 May, 27 June and 25 July are the next 3 dates, 6pm start.
There will be information stands at Lymington Community Centre and Lymington Library during the week, with volunteers from the Lymington Dementia Action Group present most mornings and afternoons to answer questions and help you find the information you need.
More information will also be added to this page during the week of 13 May and in time for the start of Dementia Action Week.
Twice a year Lymington Dementia Action Group organises a Tea Dance which is much enjoyed by all.
For information about ongoing and regular dementia friendly events and activities in the Lymington area please click here
For more about Lymington Dementia Action Group run by volunteers - if you'd like to join you'd be more than welcome!
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