Alzheimer’s Society with local partners and volunteers will be out in force this month with a range of activities and events to encourage Waltham Forest residents to support Dementia Awareness Week™.
Dementia Awareness Week 2015 is a national initiative taking place from 17-23 May in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It aims to improve everybody’s understanding of dementia and thereby the lives of people who live with Dementia and those who care for them.
What’s the problem?
850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. 2,055 people are currently living with dementia in Waltham Forest. These figures are set to increase significantly as the population ages.
In 2012 dementia was the leading cause of death for women over 80 and was the second leading cause of death for men in this age group. Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are increasing as people live longer, with women living longer than men.
The Prime Minister describes dementia as one of the biggest challenges we face today – one that we as a society simply cannot afford to ignore any longer. He calls for a sustained and concerted effort from all parts of society to make life better for people with dementia and their carers
What’s happening in Waltham Forest?
Lloyd Park and the William Morris Gallery will host a range of local activities and events for people with dementia and their carers. These include walks, talks, exercise, tai chi, gardening and museum history, refreshments, singing and object handling activities.
Whipps Cross Hospital has been caring for the people of Waltham Forest for the past 100 years and is hosting a range of Dementia Awareness, carers’ talks, information and training activities for staff.
The Memory Service is running a range of sessions and activities at Red Oak Lodge NELFT Memory Clinic and an information stall at Whipps Cross Hospital.
For full details see the attached program or contact the local Alzheimer’s Society office.
Alzheimer’s Society London Regional Operations Manager Tim McLachlan, said:
‘We strongly believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins and we do everything we can to help those living with dementia hold on to their lives and the things they love for longer.
‘That is why we are encouraging people to ‘do something new’ during Dementia Awareness Week. By doing something new, we want to get people thinking about how it’s not only possible for someone with dementia to hold onto their life and the things they love for longer, they can continue to try new things and have new experiences, too.
‘As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia but with the right support people with the condition can continue to do the things to love and lots, lots more.’