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Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Posted on the 3rd May 2017

Health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are inviting people to a week of celebrations for Dementia Awareness Week, an annual campaign that is held to raise awareness of Dementia.  

Mental Health staff at The Harbour in Blackpool are holding a week of activities and events for Dementia Awareness Week which takes place between 15-21 May. Dementia Awareness Week is a national campaign led by the Alzheimer’s Society, who believe that for those receiving a diagnosis of dementia doesn’t have to mean the end of their life as they know it. The focus for this year’s campaign is to encourage people living with dementia and their family, friends or carers to open up and talk about Dementia.

Sheila Kasaven, Senior Matron at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said of the week:

“Dementia Awareness Week is the perfect time to get people talking about dementia and to raise awareness of the illness and reduce the stigma behind it. Many people have a limited understanding of Dementia, and often have the perception that life is over following a Dementia diagnosis. We are looking to change this by reaching out to those who are in our care, their families, friends and carers and bring them together to raise awareness and celebrate all of the good practice and positive living in Dementia Care.

“We are really looking forward to the week itself and have lots of great events planned here at The Harbour. Everyone is welcome to come and get involved and we look forward to seeing people throughout the week!”

Events taking place include a sport’s day event, bake sale, raffle and a 1st Birthday celebration of the opening of the Café and Pub on the Dementia wards. All proceeds will be split between the Alzheimer’s society and the dementia wards at the Harbour.

For more information about Dementia Awareness Week, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk. To find out about older adult services at Lancashire Care please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk.