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 next 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 this 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 flag ship event in the town centre this Monday, 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 at the event, while Thames Valley Police will be there promoting the Herbert Protocol – a new tool to help vulnerable missing people.
Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care said: “There are around a thousand people aged 65 or over living with some form of dementia in Slough and we are seeing a growing number of young people diagnosed with dementia too.
“Bringing our partners together to support people with dementia, and their carers, is part of our Reach Out campaign launching next month, tackling loneliness and social isolation.
“We know there are people with dementia who are often isolated and lonely and it is critical that they get the right support when they most need it.”
Sarah Walker, services manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Berkshire, said: “There are more than 8,200 people living with dementia in Berkshire.
“Raising awareness and offering support will always be important, but it’s time we all act to make change happen for people affected by dementia.
“In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes and almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected. Yet too many people face the condition alone without adequate support.
“We’d love to see Slough residents during Dementia Action Week take action for people affected by dementia.”
For full details on events taking place next week, visit: http://www.slough.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/dementia-awareness.aspx