EVENTS are being held across Derbyshire to highlight Dementia Awareness Week.
Dementia Awareness Week, launched nationally by the Alzheimer’s Society, runs from 20-26 May and is being backed by Derbyshire County Council.
Dementia care and support is a priority for us and a number of initiatives and programmes are in place or are planned to address the growing number of people who are diagnosed with the condition every year.
This ranges from specialist community care centre developments tailor-made to offer the highest quality care to people with advanced dementia to new services like the Dementia Support Service, now up and running countywide.
The county council has launched the new support service in partnership with the NHS and is being run on their behalf by the Alzheimer’s Society.
It is estimated there are around 3,250 people who are diagnosed with dementia in Derbyshire at the moment and there may be up to 6,000 more people who may have the condition but have not been diagnosed.
By 2015 it is predicted that there could be at least 11,000 people living with dementia across the county.
The Dementia Support Service is using Dementia Awareness Week to highlight both new and regular drop-in memory cafes and carer support groups which are held across the county, including the launch of the new Alfreton memory café which takes place from 10am to noon at Alfreton Health Centre on the fourth Tuesday of each month, launching on Tuesday 22 May.
Also during the awareness week information about dementia and about the new support service will be available at the county council’s health and wellbeing zones and there will be information stands at Alfreton, Bolsover, Chesterfield and Ilkeston libraries and at South Derbyshire Liberation Day at Green Bank Leisure Centre, Swadlincote, between 10am and 3pm on Thursday 24 May.
The Alzheimer’s Society road show trailer will be visiting Tesco’s car park in Clay Cross on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June and people are encouraged to drop in and find out more.
Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “One of our priorities is ensuring there are top quality services for people with dementia and their families and carers.
“Dementia Awareness Week is an ideal opportunity to highlight services that are available and make sure people know there is help, advice and support out there for them.”
For more information about events during Dementia Awareness Week or to find the nearest memory café, singing or walking session, people should contact the Dementia Support Service on 01332 208845 for the south of the county or 01246 223366 for the north of the county or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who is registered with a Derbyshire GP or is a carer or relative of a person registered with a Derbyshire GP can use the Dementia Support Service and people can also be referred to the service in a number of ways.
People can also visit our website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/dementia or the Alzheimer’s Society website at www.alzheimers.org.uk/derbyshire for information, support and services for people with dementia and their carers.