Events offering information on dementia, helping those with the condition to live well and raising awareness will be at the heart of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week.
Kent County Council, in conjunction with other agencies, has arranged numerous opportunities across the county to highlight the common condition that affects about 835,000 people across the country.
Chair of the Kent Health and Wellbeing Board Roger Gough said: “We have all had lapses in memory from time to time, taken the wrong turning at a roundabout or made a mistake when carrying out a mental arithmetic task.
“It’s perfectly natural behaviour. But when does our behaviour indicate that we might be displaying the first signs of dementia? And what’s the best way to respond to someone experiencing dementia?”
Among the events (for more, see at the end of the article) are:
Ashford: throughout the week there will be a pop-up shop in County Square with information and advice from the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK.
Dartford on May 19 at the Orchards Shopping Centre, Dementia Friends will be helping people understand the things you can do that will make a difference to someone suffering from dementia.
Sittingbourne on May 22 between 10am and 4pm, the Forum Shopping Centre will be holding a day of live music, stalls, food and workshops to give visitors a new way of learning about dementia.
Faversham on May 23 between 10am and 2pm at the Alexander Centre there will be an awareness day.
Isle of Sheppey on May 21 at the Oasis Academy pupils will be hosting a “reminisce and rummage” event.
Tunbridge Wells on May 20 there will be a jive party at the Camden Centre in Market Square.
Cllr Gough added: “Kent is leading the way in helping people recognise the symptoms of dementia and how we can all help, in our own way. Recognition of the condition is so important.
“I hope as many people as possible will take advantage of the events taking place right across the county whether you just want to find out more, you’re a carer for someone living with dementia, or have a diagnosis yourself.
“The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner people with dementia and their relatives can access the help and support that they need and start to plan for the future.”
Throughout the week, displays of ‘Reading Well-Books on Prescription for Dementia’ collections will be available in several Kent Libraries.
KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health Graham Gibbens said: “The collections aim to help improve people’s awareness and understanding of dementia in its various forms.
“It is based on a recommended list of professionally endorsed books that offer guidance and support on how to live well with the condition.
“The collections include personal stories, practical information and advice, and guides for relatives and carers.
“Libraries will also have a memory checklist which has been designed to help people put their information together before going to visit a GP.”
|Ashford||All week(Mon-Fri)||Pop up shop for the week in County Square shopping centre in Ashford. In the shop there will be information and representatives from the following groups: Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK Ashford, The Volunteer Centre CCG, Carers Support Kent and Medway Trust and Memory Clinic Housing Officer from Ashford Council.|
|Canterbury / Blean||20th||Coffee morning in Blean Village Hall 11am-12.30pm. 2 School Lane Blean CT29JA (TBC)|
|Dartford||19th||Dementia friends session – The session will take place from 10.30am to noon on Tuesday 19 May at The Meeting Place in Dartford’s Orchards Shopping Centre. It will be led by a volunteer who has been trained by the Alzheimers’ Society’s Dementia Friends initiative.|
|Dartford||20th||Open Dementia café 10am-noon The Orchard Shopping Centre DA1 1DU. Extended open day with live music and various agencies.|
|Deal||13th–25th||Dementia Friendly Deal display @ Deal Library|
|Deal||18th||Deal Library 1pm-3pm Dementia Friends Lap top session|
|Deal||20th||Alzheimer’s Dementia Café 10.30am-12.30pm at Age Concern (Alzheimer’s Society)|
|Deal||21st||Lunch for Carers in Dementia Awareness Week 1pm to 2:30pm. This is a partnership event between The Deal Centre (Age Concern) and Carers’ Support – Canterbury, Dover & Thanet.The lunch will be held at the Deal Centre, Park Street, Deal.Carers can take the person they care for or Carers’ Support – CD&T can arrange respite.Assistance with transport can also be provided, contact Gemma Cranthorne 01304 372608 at Deal Centre or Carers’ Support CD&T on 01304 364637.There is a cost of £7.50 for 2 courses and tea/coffee.|
|Deal||21st||10am-2pm Dementia Awareness Stand in High Street with become a Dementia Friend laptop sessions .Dementia Friends sessions at the Deal Centre, Park Street @ 11am, 1pm & 3pm.|
|Deal / Undercroft||16th||Dementia UK fundraiser – table sale and display|
|DGS||18th – 22nd||Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust will have a Dementia Awareness information stall in the main corridor level two by outpatients dept. 10am-3pm.|
|Gravesend||21st||Gravesham High Street, market stall with info, advice and guidance, 9am-5pm|
|Dover||19th||10am-2pm Dementia Awareness Stand in High Street & become a Dementia Friend laptop sessions|
|Dover||21st||Alzheimer’s Dementia Café 10.30am-12.30pm at Oddfellows Hall|
|Dover and Deal||1st – 31st||Golf Road Centre, Deal – Art display|
|Maidstone||20th||Dementia awareness stand in the Mall, Alzheimer’s Society.|
|Maidstone||20th and 21st||Stand at Maidstone hospital by the Dementia Buddy staff.|
|Medway||19th + 22nd||Medway Maritime Hospital main entrance to promote Buddys on Tuesday morning and a dementia friends session on friday 11-12.30pm.|
|Medway||22nd||Medway’s DAA launch|
|Sandwich||21st||10am-2pm on Thursday, Sandwich dementia awareness event – http://dementiafriendlydeal.org.uk/event/sandwich-dementia-awareness-event/|
|Sevenoaks / Edenbridge||All Week||Information Point at The Bridges Centre, High Street, Edenbridge– display on dementia and local sources of information and support|
|Sevenoaks / Edenbridge||Tuesday 19th||2.00-4.00pm Dementia Friends Awareness session by Symone Salwan of Home Instead Senior Care in partnership with The Bridges Centre to be held at The Bridges Centre, High Street, Edenbridge 01732 868186 – also launching Edenbridge Dementia Café|
|Sevenoaks / Westerham||Fri 22nd||Dementia Friends Awareness session by Symone Salwan of Home Instead Senior Care in partnership with Westerham Town Council – contact Angela Howells Tel. 01959 562147|
|Shepway||Fri 22nd May, 11am – 3pm, FREE All week –||Mrs Minteeda’s Marvellous Mind – a surprising experience which will transform your understanding of dementia by specialist company, Bright Shadow, The Undercroft, Hythe High St|
|Shepway||18-22nd||Festival of the Brain, Quarter House. Dementia Friend session to be held Friday 22nd at 2:30pm.|
|Shepway||Tues 26th||Shepway Volunteer Centre are holding two open friends sessions at the Mind Resource Centre. 10.30am – 11.30am and 12.30pm-1.30pm. Anyone wanting to take part will need to contact Donna Dryland or Mark Connorton on 01303 259007|
|Swale||18th||The Willow Day Centre we are holding a cream tea 2pm-4pm. Court Regis, Middletune Avenue, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 2HT|
|Swale||19th||10am till noon Age UK Sheerness, Information Advice and Guidance and Dementia Friends session.|
|Swale||19th||Display at the healthy living Centre in Sheerness followed by a Dementia friends session at 3pm|
|Swale||19th||Sing a long film at 11am it is free the film is Calamity Jane. Shown at the Blue town Heritage Centre in the Criterion Cinema|
|Swale||20th||Eastchurch Village Hall, Warden Bay Road, Isle of Sheppey 11am til 2pm, Themed drop in plus a dementia friends session by fire service.|
|Swale||20th||10.30am-noon Barton Court Care home, Dementia café coffee morning followed by a dementia friends session.|
|Swale||21st||2pm, Oasis Academy ‘Reminisce and Rummage’ event. East Site Isle of Sheppey|
|Swale||22nd||Smile event 10am – 4pm at The Forum shopping centre.|
|Swale||23rd||Faversham Dementia Awareness Day.10am-2pm. Venue: Alexander Centre, Faversham|
|Thanet||20th||Thanets DAW event – Randolph House, Zion Place, Margate|
|Thanet||Fri 22nd||Trinity Resource Centre, a dementia friends session and a silver song event.|
|Tonbridge||19th||Tonbridge Community Kick off http://tonbridgetownteam.org.uk/dementia-friendly-tonbridge-tuesday-19th-may-10-am-12-30-pm/|
|Tunbridge Wells||18th and 19th||Stand at Tunbridge Wells hospital by the Dementia Buddy staff|
|Tunbridge Wells||20th||Jive Party 12-4pm , Camden Centre, Tunbridge wells|
|Tunbridge Wells||20th||Carers first will have a stand at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury, 10am-3pm|
|West Kent Dementia Action Alliance||Thurs 21st||10-noon: The Community Show on Channel Radio – Symone Salwan of Home Instead Senior Care joining the host Laura Burton-Lawrence to promote Dementia Friendly Communities and raise awareness of the challenges faced by those living with dementia in our communities http://www.channelradio.co.uk/shows-community-show/|