This week is Dementia Awareness Week, a time for the whole of the UK to talk about dementia, raise awareness, share knowledge and offer support to others in the community.
Dementia affects so many people in our communities that it’s not surprising to see how much support there is for this Alzheimer’s Society campaign. Nonetheless, it’s still fantastic and inspiring to see the number of individuals and organisations holding events this week, reaching out to people affected by dementia and helping to create more Dementia Friends.
Some of these events have been listed on the Alzheimer’s Society website, so if you are interested in seeing what is taking place in your area, you can go to: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/home_info.php?homepageID=654
Many Barchester homes have been marking the week with events open to the wider community, such as coffee and cake mornings, where people can meet others going through a similar experience, relax and have fun.
Elsewhere, Barchester care staff have been inspired by the week to put pen to paper and express their thoughts through poetry. You can read one of these poems here. It’s called ‘Odd Shoes’ and was written by Wendy Lobo, an Activities Coordinator who works with people living with dementia.
It would be great to hear what you have been doing to mark the week, so please use the comments box below to share what you have been up to, as well as any other thoughts you would like to write.
It’s by taking the creative ideas and initiatives highlighted during Dementia Awareness Week and translating these into ongoing action that we can make the biggest difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families.