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Dementia Action Week – There’s lots of online support, advice & fun

by Cathy Sheel

Dementia Action Week (17-23 May) is a national event that encourages people to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

In Knowsley there are a number of online events organised during the week to raise awareness of the condition and support those living with dementia, as well as their families and carers.

There’s also an opportunity to help shape the future of dementia services in Knowsley by taking part in a survey which will be used to support the development of a Dementia Friendly Strategy for the borough.

Knowsley Council’s vision is to become a Dementia-Friendly borough – a place where people living with dementia and their families feel supported, understood and respected. One of the ways to achieve this is by encouraging people in our community become Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions. Find out more at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.

Knowsley Dementia Action Week Events

Monday 17 May

Knowsley Singing for the Brain – 2pm-3pm on Zoom: The session organised by Alzheimer’s Society includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs. During the singing everyone is asked to mute their microphone to avoid too much feedback, but discussion and participation is encouraged in between songs. Contact us on knowsley@alzheimers.org.uk for joining instructions.

Tuesday, 18 May

Dementia Awareness Webinar – 9:30am–11:30am on Zoom: The webinar, led by Sight and Mind/ One Knowsley, will share insights into what dementia is and the impact on the person, their family, friends and colleagues. More details https://www.oneknowsley.org/dementia-awareness-webinar/ Book your place by contacting Jacqueline King Jacqueline.King@OneKnowsley.org

Dementia Friends Information Session – 1pm – 2pm: This Dementia Friends information session can help to remove the stigma and lack of understanding surrounding dementia and create a more dementia friendly community. Book your place via the Dementia Friends website

Wednesday, 19 May

‘Ask, Negotiate, Advocate’ – Getting your point across information session – 10am–11am on Zoom: Organised by Together In Dementia Everyday (TIDE), this session is for family and carers of people living with dementia. It offers strategies, tips and hints to help you prepare for tricky conversations and get your point across effectively. Please click here to register in advance. You can also dial-in to this session by phone – contact 07704 168867 for details.

Thursday, 20 May

Knowsley Dementia Partnership Board Expert Panel – 11am – 12 noon on Zoom: Join this session to find out more and ask questions about dementia support in Knowsley. The panel will include members from NHS Commissioners, Alzheimer’s Society, support services, clinicians, and those affected by dementia. Please register in advance.  You can also dial-in to this session by phone. To register Contact Mark Gill: Mark.Gill@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk 07566 789411

The current dementia landscape and Join Dementia Research – 2pm – 2.45pm on Zoom: This session from Join Dementia Research will give an overview of dementia prevention and risk reduction, care and quality of life and research on what causes dementia. Join Dementia Research is a service that enables people to hear about opportunities to get involved in dementia research. Click here to register. For further information about Join Dementia Research please contact Sharon Boulter at joindementiaresearch@alzheimers.org.uk or call 0333 150 3456 and ask for the Join Dementia Research helpdesk

Friday, 21 May

Young Onset Dementia – Four 1-hour workshops from Alzheimer’s Society running throughout the day, starting at 10.30am with the last one at 6pm. They will include a couple of presentations and a short time for questions. For booking details contact hayley.winstanley@alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Awareness Sessions running throughout the week – During these friendly and interactive sessions you’ll learn more about dementia, how it affects a person and what you can do to help people affected by dementia in your community. Big or small, every action counts! Sessions lasts around 45 minutes and will be delivered via an online webinar or a livestream video. To register your interest contact David.Aspin@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

And for more information about events across the Liverpool City Region visit Liverpool City Region Dementia Action Week ’21 – on Facebook – or visit www.daw21.dementiaactionliverpool.com.

Help us deliver a Dementia Friendly Strategy for Knowsley

Knowsley Council is working with partners, businesses, and the local community to develop a strategy to make Knowsley a dementia friendly borough

We want to find out how people living with dementia are supported in Knowsley, what facilities or services they use, what helps them and what difficulties they experience. We would also like you to tell us what makes Knowsley a good place to live for people with dementia. This information will be vital when developing a dementia friendly strategy for Knowsley.

So, if you’re living with dementia or care for someone affected by the condition, please take a few minutes to complete the survey before Friday, 4 June. There’s also a survey for professionals supporting those affected by dementia.

More about Dementia and how you can get involved

One in three of us born in the UK today will go on to develop dementia in our lifetime, and there will be one million people living with dementia by 2025 making dementia care one of the greatest challenges facing our society. We all have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about.

Join the campaign:  This year, Alzheimer’s Society is calling on the Government to cure the care system. The charity is asking people to sign its Cure The Care System petition which calls on the Government to provide quality social care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live.

Become a dementia friend: A dementia friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Armed with this information, dementia friends can help to raise awareness and misunderstandings around dementia and help those who live with dementia continue to live the way that they want. Find out more at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.

Volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion: A dementia friends champion is a trained volunteer who encourages others to learn a little bit about dementia. Champions run information sessions in their community and inspire others to help those living with dementia live well. To help us make Knowsley a “Dementia Friendly Community” please register to become a dementia champion by clicking here for details.

Support for carers

Knowsley Carers Centre’s latest newsletter provides information about events taking place in Knowsley during Dementia Action Week and details of the support available for people experiencing dementia and their carers. Here’s the latest edition http://www.knowsleycarers.co.uk/newsletters/newsletter_2021_05.pdf

For more information about Dementia Action Week visit Dementia Action Week | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)