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Dementia Action Week

Date
Thu, 19 May 2022
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Dementia Action Week, which runs from 16-22 May, is an annual national campaign designed to highlight and improve people's understanding of dementia, as well as the help and support available to people living with the condition and their loved ones.

The theme this year is 'diagnosis' and East Riding of Yorkshire Council is supporting this campaign, helping to improve understanding and raise awareness of a condition which affects thousands of people in the East Riding today, as well as countless others in terms of friends, family and carers.

Dementia is quickly becoming one of the most feared medical conditions and, as a result of this, people are less likely to go to their GP when they think something is wrong.

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, which is bad enough to affect daily life. Other signs and symptoms can include changes in mood, loss of interest in hobbies and socialising, confusion, sight and hearing loss and sleep disturbances. However each person will experience dementia differently and the symptoms will depend on the areas of the brain affected.

As part of the national week, the council is raising awareness of the sessions and activities that are available in the East Riding for people living with dementia.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "As a local authority we are proud to support this campaign and all partner organisations involved with the events taking place across the East Riding.

"The sessions and events are a great way to find out more about dementia which affects thousands of people living in the East Riding.

"It is more important than ever before that we all play our part in helping to build dementia friendly communities for the future and recognise the need to get diagnosed as soon as possible."

A full list of Alzheimer's Society events and groups can be found by visiting https://dementiaeastriding.org.uk/activity-groups/

There is also a range of local ongoing support groups in the area, run by the Alzheimer's Society, Butterflies, Innovations in dementia, Hornsea Hidden Friends and Dementia Forward. Further information can be found by visiting https://eastridinghealthandwellbeing.co.uk/find/?q=dementia

For more information on Dementia Action Week and how to get involved visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week

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