Tuesday, May 28

Council support for Dementia Action Week

The council is uniting with Alzheimer’s Society Tower Hamlets to raise awareness and help make an impact during Dementia Action Week from 21-27 May.

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language. It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one.

At 5.25 per cent, prevalence of dementia amongst people aged 65 and over in Tower Hamlets is significantly higher than in other parts of London and England (4.49 and 4.33 per cent respectively)

Alzheimer’s Society encourages organisations and individuals to play a part in creating a dementia-friendly UK by taking simple actions such as

finding out more about how dementia affects a person – and then, armed with this understanding, doing small everyday things that help.

The council with a range of partners including the Alzheimer’s Society, is taking steps towards making Tower Hamlets a Dementia Friendly Borough and as part of this work, a programme of training to enable council officers and elected members to become Dementia Friends has begun.

The council also offers advice, information and equipment to help safeguard people with dementia living in their own homes.

Mayor John Biggs said: “Supporting and enabling people to live well with dementia is important for the council. We want to help people with dementia to feel included in our community and able to live the lives they want. That is why we are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Borough and supporting Dementia Action Week.”

Alzheimer’s Society Tower Hamlets will be holding drop in sessions to raise awareness with the public and professionals during Dementia Action Week.

The charity will also be holding Dementia Friends sessions and is calling on everyone to unite and take actions, big or small, to improve the everyday lives of people affected by the disease.

Activities will take place on:

  • Monday, 21 May at the Robinson Centre, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road.
  • Tuesday 22 May at Poplar Baths, East India Dock Road and also at Royal London Hospital Whitechapel.
  • Thursday 24 May, the charity will bring the public together at the Aquatic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford for a mass singing for the brain session from 2-4pm.

Singing can improve brain activity, wellbeing and mood, and the charity hopes to start and set a world for the largest singing for the brain session ever. There will also be dancing and afternoon tea.

For further information or to sign up, email joe.ellis@alzheimers.org.uk, call 8121 5626 or visit https://thcvs.org.uk/contacts/view/275

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