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Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilA NUMBER of activities are taking place across next week to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2016.

Activities including a trip to Beamish and a journey from Redcar to Saltburn on Monday, May 16 and a visit to Middlesbrough Football Club on Thursday, May 19 are on offer for people living with dementia and their carers.

There are also information events for anyone living in the borough wanting to learn more about the condition. These take place on Wednesday, May 18 at the 25K Community Centre in Redcar, 11am – 2pm, and Friday, May 20 at the Dementia Adviser Service on Redcar High Street, 11am – 2:30pm.

Dementia often starts with short-term memory loss, but it can also affect the way people think, speak and do things. People with dementia can become confused, find it difficult to communicate and have difficulties planning.

By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms.

Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) runs from Sunday, May 15 to Saturday, May 21 and includes a series of events across Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough.

Cllr David Walsh, Cabinet Member for Adults at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said: “I am pleased there is a great amount of activity taking place in Redcar and Cleveland and across Middlesbrough to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

“By raising awareness of dementia and the great work our local communities do with activities such as these, we hope to tackle any misunderstandings and prejudices surrounding the illness and ultimately support those living with dementia and their carers.”

For more information about activities taking place, please call Carers Together on 01642 488977.

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