A MEMORABLE floral display will be the centrepiece of a host of events in Tameside to support Dementia Action Week.
It will feature forget-me-not flowers planted in Stalybridge’s Stamford Park as residents are urged to take action to help improve the lives of people with dementia.
Tameside Council is backing the Alzheimer’s Society campaign, which takes place from 21-27 May.
Public Health staff have organised events that include the flowers – the Dementia Friends logo.
They will be unveiled at a launch at the park’s Pavilion Cafe on Monday (21) from 12.30 to 3.30pm, with residents invited to pop along for a cuppa and a chat.
Children from a local school will be singing, supported by Tameside Music Service. It will feature 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.
On Tuesday (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.
There will also be further dementia related activities at your local Knit and Natter group, faith groups, Age UK, The Shed, the Together Centre at Loxley House and Tameside Hospital.
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. More than 1,800 people in Tameside have been diagnosed.
CRS can make life easier, safer and more comfortable for people living with dementia and their carers and offers support to enable people live in their own home for longer. 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.
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.
Residents are encouraged to become Dementia Friends, which simply involves putting into practice what they’ve learnt when they meet someone who might need their help. You can become a Dementia Friend by either watching a video, reading a booklet or attending a face-to-face information session. Visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find out more. For further information contact Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477.