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Lancashire supports Dementia Action Week

Events to support Dementia Action Week are being held at Lancashire County Council’s care homes and day centres.

Dementia Action Week, which runs from Monday 21 May to Sunday 28 May, is a national campaign which encourages people to do something to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

A Dementia Café at Dolphinlee in Lancaster, a tea party and ice-cream social at Broadfield in Leyland, exercises and a nursery school visit at Favordale in Colne, and a shopping centre trip at Beacon View in Skelmersdale are some of the activities that will mark the week.

Activities at day centres include a crafts afternoon at Fosterfield in Chorley, flower arranging at Milbanke in Kirkham, and singing at the Lady Elsie Finney centre in Cottam, Preston.

County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re pleased to support Dementia Action Week. It’s about doing something that makes a difference.

“Research shows that engaging in activities like singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and reminiscing sessions can improve people’s brain activity, wellbeing and mood.

“There are lots of activities at our care homes and day centres. People who use these services, their families and staff are all looking forward to the week.”

The county council works in partnership with other agencies such as district councils, NHS organisations and community groups to support people in local areas. These partnerships are called Dementia Action Alliances.

Events being run through these partnerships include a dementia buddy coffee morning in Hyndburn; a film event in Pendle; a dementia café in Morecambe and a dementia friends event in Rossendale.

County Councillor turner added: “More people will live with dementia in the coming years.

“We’re addressing this with our dementia strategy and we’re working closely with other organisations to ensure people have the support they need.

“Dementia Action Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and do something positive for people who are living with, or caring for someone with the condition.”

For more information about the Dementia Action Week events in Lancashire, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/your-health-and-wellbeing/staying-mentally-well/dementia/#support

Alternatively, check with your local care home, library, district council or community centre for information.

For more information about National Dementia Awareness Week and the condition in general, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or call 0300 222 11 22.

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