September 2015 marks the fourth World’s Alzheimer’s Month.
The aim of the Month is to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, challenge stigma associated with the condition, and help people with dementia live well in their local communities.
A range of activities will be taking place around the county during September helping people to become more dementia aware, these are listed below:
September 11: Alcester Café Open Day, 10.30am – 12.30pm – with talks starting at 11am, Jubilee Hall, off St Faiths Road, Alcester, B49 6AG.
September 13: Draycote Water Park, 10.30am-3pm, With every step taken at Rugby Memory Walk, you will help change the lives of people affected by dementia – now and in the future. Register yourself or a team, and start fundraising today. Rugby Memory Walk takes play around the beautiful Draycote Water. There will be two routes both wheelchair and pushchair friendly – 1 mile and 5 miles. The Memory Walk is a sponsored walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. There will be refreshments, stalls and a raffle on the day, so come down and have a family day out! http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rugby-memory-walk-2015-tickets-15773307387
September 18: Dementia Friends session, 10am -11am, Atherstone Library, Atherstone, CV9 1AX; Places can be booked on the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk
September 19: Dementia Advice drop in day, 10am-3pm, Anya Court Care Home, Rugby, 286 Dunchurch Rd, Rugby CV22 6HX; Places can be booked on the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk
September 19: Dementia Friends session, 2-3pm, Anya Court Care Home, Rugby, 286 Dunchurch Rd, Rugby CV22 6HX. Contact: Karen.Handley@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
September 20: Bulkington Memory Walk, starting at 2pm, Bulkington Village Centre, Bulkington. Contact: Tony Robinson email email@example.com for sponsorship forms, or phone (024) 76326177 for other enquiries.
September 20: Alcester: 3 walks to be held (walk 1: approx. 1 hour 15 mins – not suitable for prams, wheelchairs etc; walk 2 – approx. 30 mins; walk 3 under 15 mins; walks 2&3 suitable for all). Walks start at Jubilee Hall, off St Faiths Road, Alcester, B49 6AG. Contact: Carole or Roger 01789 488088.
In Warwickshire, according to latest estimates, there are 7,615 people living with dementia and this is likely to rise to over 9,000 people with dementia in the county by 2021. Most people in Warwickshire will be affected in some way by dementia during their lifetimes.
Show your support to helping people with dementia live well by taking part in one of the listed events or simply spreading the word to your family, friends or on social media to help others to understand the condition better.
For more information about dementia and support in Coventry and Warwickshire please visit the Dementia Portal on http://www.livingwellwithdementia.org/