Dementia Action Week, which runs from 20-26 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.
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, portfolio holder for public health at 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.”
Dementia Friendly sessions and events:
Other events and activities:
East Riding Mobile Library events
Monday, 20 May
Tuesday, 21 May
Wednesday, 22 May
Thursday, 23 May
Friday, 24 May
Information stall event
A dementia information stall event will take place in the Co-op in Hessle Square on Thursday, 23 May from 10am-2.30pm. The stall will have information about what the Dementia Friendly Hessle group are trying to achieve in the town as well as the creation of the dementia-friendly community at a local level.
Jo Bateson and Eszter Pontone have spent the last few months trying to kickstart the creation of a dementia-friendly community in Hessle. When asked about the initiative they said: “We are both volunteers at the monthly Alzheimer's Society Activity Group in Hessle and Jo's Mum has lived with dementia for a number of years. Hessle is a lovely town and we felt the creation of a dementia-friendly community would benefit Hessle as a whole. We wanted to raise awareness of the condition and how we can all make a difference, however small, to enable people with dementia to live well in their communities for longer.”
A relaxed and friendly drop-in event with a free tea or coffee, open to everybody, not just those living with Dementia. There will be lots of interactive exhibits, a chance to meet our friendly staff and ask about our monthly reminiscence sessions and other regular activities held at the Driffield Centre. The event takes place on Wednesday, 22 May from 1.30-3.30pm.
Members of the public can come along free of charge to a Reminiscence Group at their local East Riding Library. Reminiscence is a fun social activity proven to be of benefit to those people who are living with Dementia.
To find your nearest reminiscence session visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/libraries
All East Riding Libraries staff are Dementia Friends. Are you? Visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find out how to become one too.
East Riding Libraries now offer Reminiscence in the Community and will bring person-centred Reminiscence with proven benefits to residential care home settings. For more information contact your local library.
Knit and Natter
Knit and Natter is a knitting group open for anyone to attend whether they are beginners or experienced knitters. Research has shown that knitting can help prevent and manage stress and pain.
Library knitting groups offer improved health and wellbeing and a lively group of new friends for all ages and abilities.
This activity is suitable for adults or any ability level. Please phone your local library for more information.
Adult Book Club
Reading can reduce stress by 68% and risk of dementia by 35%. Meet like-minded people and explore the fascinating world of literature. Suitable for all adults and ability levels, no need to book just come along. Visit your local library for more information.
The group is open to all ages and you can meet new friends whilst playing a variety of board games. You can build your word power with Scrabble or flex your strategic muscles with chess.
Our Game Compendiums include; Chess, Draughts, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Pick-up sticks, Yahtzee, Cards, Dominos and Halma.
A Pension Wise session will take place on Wednesday, 22 May from 9.30am-6.30pm at Market Weighton Multi Service Centre which needs to be booked directly with Pension Wise. Please visit https://www.pensionwise.gov.uk/en to book a slot or for more information about pensions.
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