Saturday, 25 May 2024
Saturday, 25 May 2024

Age UK put the Spotlight on Dementia Awareness

AGE UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire (H&W) are launching the ‘Worcestershire Dementia Festival’, which is set to take place from Monday 13th May until Sunday 19th May.

The festival will run in conjunction with the ‘The Hive’ library in Worcester and will serve as a platform to educate, raise awareness and decrease the stigma surrounding dementia. 

A highlight of the festival includes an art exhibition entitled ‘See the Person, not the Dementia’ – a powerful display that was created by Age UK H&W’s clients and staff, aiming to eliminate stigma that might present itself in the wake of a dementia diagnosis.  

Dr Chris Russell, Karen Gray and Jane Twigg – who published the book ‘Leisure and Everyday Life with Dementia’ will be speaking amongst members with lived experiences of dementia during their ‘behind the cover’ Q&A session.  

Other key parts of the week include a visit to Spetchley Gardens and several information sessions around Age UK H&W support, with advice for carers from Admiral nurses and the Worcestershire Association of Carers.   

One of the primary goals of the week for Age UK H&W is not only to raise awareness of dementia in the local and surrounding communities but also to shine a spotlight on the fact that a dementia diagnosis affects more than just the person diagnosed, it also has a huge impact on family and friends.  

Age UK put the Spotlight on Dementia AwarenessThe charity’s Dementia Services Manager, Kelly Reeves, spoke about the importance of the upcoming week:  

“I am thrilled to announce that our dementia service team will be hosting a dementia festival at The Hive in Worcester. This event promises to be a hive of activity, offering a platform to showcase the unique experiences and identities of those living with dementia, while also providing valuable insights into the support available for individuals and their families. I encourage everyone to attend and join us in promoting awareness, understanding and inclusivity within our community.”  

 If you’re interested in attending any of the events during the week or just finding out more, then please visit the Hive website to secure your place at: https://bit.ly/3xXiTgM. 

The festival theme will continue at Age UK H&W’s many dementia Meeting Centres and Cafés taking place that week, where people are being encouraged to come along and take part in a taster session.

To find out more, you can visit their website at: www.ageukhw.org.uk.  

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