The council’s adult social care team, in partnership with community organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, Slough CVS, Thames Valley Police, Healthwatch Slough and Wexham Park Hospital, is hosting an eclectic roster of activities in support of Dementia Action Week.
The theme for the week is ‘even elephants forget’, and sessions throughout the borough will focus on promoting health and self care; as well as highlighting support and services residents can connect with locally.
Events and activities will include singing, yoga, disabled football, dementia awareness training, the opening of a new dementia-friendly day room, a dementia presentation in Punjabi and a talk by Tommy Whitelaw, who swapped a showbiz job working with the likes of the Spice Girls, Kylie and U2, to care for his late mother. Tommy is now touring the country raising awareness of the condition, as well as sharing his own experiences and fellow carers’ stories.
In addition, there will be a flagship event in the town centre, with a range of activities including health checks by Solutions4Health, sport and physical activities for all abilities from Active Slough, support, advice and information from the Memory Clinic, Age UK, Shelter, the council’s trading standards team and The Curve.
On the day, Slough CVS will also be highlighting how they can support carers, while Thames Valley Police will be there promoting the Herbert Protocol – a new tool to help vulnerable missing people.
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