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18 May 2018
Dementia Action Week takes place from 21-27 May. This year there will be a range of activities across Bedfordshire set up by local organisations including The Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Bedfordshire and the Tibbs Dementia Foundation, to support those living with dementia and their carers. The events are supported by Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which commission dementia care and support services locally.
The Alzheimer’s Society, which organises Dementia Action Week, is asking everyone to take actions big and small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This could be from being patient and taking time to communicate clearly, to developing local dementia friendly organisations.
This year is the 5th anniversary of Tibbs Dementia Foundation coordinating Dementia Action Week activities with The Higgins, Carers in Bedfordshire and Smarta Healthcare.
The Higgins Bedford will become a hub of activity and information to share between 11am and 3:30pm on Wednesday, 23 May, offering a range of stimulating taster activities, talks, information stalls and well-being workshops. Activities include reminiscence box workshops and performances by the Music 4 Memory choir.
Sainsbury’s Summer Event will see Tibbs Dementia Foundation, Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year, raising awareness of Dementia at Sainsbury’s on Clapham Road, on Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May between 8am and 8pm. The Music 4 Memory group will be relocating to the store on the morning of Friday 25 May, entertaining shoppers with their unique repertoire of song and dance, and challenging common misconceptions about dementia, through living life to the full.
Come along to Dunstable library on Thursday, 24 May between 11am and 2:30pm to talk to organisations like Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Bedfordshire and the Tibbs Dementia Foundation, who will be there to support and answer all your questions. The event includes two Dementia Friends information sessions hosted by a local Dementia Friends Champion, and a Q&A session with a Dementia Nurse Specialist and Occupational Therapist run by the East London Foundation Trust.
On Friday, 25 May, between 11am and 2:30pm Flitwick library plays host to two Dementia Friends Champion sessions, as well as a Cognitive Stimulation sample session by Tibbs Dementia Foundation.
Dr Roshan Jayalath, GP and Clinical Lead for Dementia in Bedfordshire said “We recognise the value in providing support for people living with dementia and improving diagnosis. The support services we commission for people diagnosed with dementia, enable people to remain independent and live at home longer, and provide essential support to carers and families.”
He added “There are lots of benefits for someone to have a formal diagnosis early-on in the progression of the disease, so if you are worried about your or someone else’s memory problems, it’s a good idea to make an appointment to see your GP.”
For more information on these events, follow #DAW2018Beds or visit www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/dementia
For more information contact 01525 624 440
Notes to editors
· Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
· BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 50 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire.