ORGANISATIONS across Middlesbrough are uniting this week to raise the profile of the town’s dementia friendly initiative.
They’ll be raising awareness of the condition and the drive to create a dementia friendly UK during Dementia Action Week from Monday, May 21 to Sunday, May 27.
The initiative aims to creative a safe and caring environment where people with dementia can live comfortably and be included and supported.
A programme of events led by Middlesbrough Council will run throughout the week, catering for those living with dementia as well as their friends, family and carers.
Events taking place across the town include a dementia friendly tour of the newly refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall and a dementia friendly park run at Albert Park.
Advice and information sessions are also running at the Live Well Centre, a wellbeing hub located in Dundas Arcade in the town centre.
The Alzheimer’s Society is leading the movement for a change in attitudes towards dementia, with someone in the UK diagnosed with the condition every three minutes.
Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker Kirsty Flynn said: “We are encouraging everyone to unite and take action on dementia.
“Actions big and small will make a huge difference to those dealing with dementia, we want to enable people and support people to stay independent.”
Middlesbrough Council is committed to ensuring that the town becomes a dementia friendly town.
A number of regular dementia friendly events help to reduce isolation including a weekly table tennis club at Ormesby Table Tennis Club, the monthly Dementia Café in various locations and dementia friendly film screenings at Cineworld.
Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd, who has led the town’s drive for Dementia Friendly status, said: “Dementia is one of the biggest social and economic challenges facing not just Middlesbrough but the whole of the UK.
“The condition could affect any of us directly or indirectly at any time, but with the right care and support, those affected by Dementia can continue to lead happy and fulfilled lives within their communities.
“The Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Project has made great strides in recent years, but there is always more we can do, and Dementia Action Week is the perfect opportunity to reflect on how we can help, both as individuals and as a community.”