Dementia Action Week 21-27 May Image: Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Dementia Action Week 21-27 May

There are a range of activities across Bedfordshire marking Dementia Action Week. Involving local organisations such as The Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Bedfordshire and the Tibbs Dementia Foundation, these activities are to support those living with dementia and their carers.

There is also support from Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG). The BCCG commissions dementia care and support services locally.

Dr Roshan Jayalath, GP and Clinical Lead for Dementia in Bedfordshire, said:

“We recognise the value in providing support for people living with dementia and improving diagnosis.”

The Alzheimer’s Society organises Dementia Action Week. It is asking everyone to take actions big and small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This could be from being patient and taking time to communicate clearly, to developing local dementia friendly organisations.

This year is the 5th anniversary of Tibbs Dementia Foundation. The Foundation is coordinating activities with The Higgins, Carers in Bedfordshire and Smarta Healthcare.

The Higgins Bedford hosts a range of taster activities, talks, information stalls and well-being workshops. These will run between 11am and 3:30pm on Wednesday, 23 May. Activities include reminiscence box workshops and performances by the Music 4 Memory choir.

Presentations and Q&As

Sainsbury’s Summer Event will see Tibbs Dementia Foundation, Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year, raising awareness of Dementia at Sainsbury’s on Clapham Road, on Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May between 8am and 8pm.

The Music 4 Memory group will be at the store on the morning of Friday 25 May. They will performing their unique repertoire of song and dance. Challenging common misconceptions about dementia, through living life to the full.

Dunstable Library on Thursday, 24 May (11am and 2:30pm) hosts a Q&A session with the Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Bedfordshire and the Tibbs Dementia Foundation.

The event includes two Dementia Friends information sessions hosted by a local Dementia Friends Champion. Finally there is a session with a Dementia Nurse Specialist and Occupational Therapist run by the East London Foundation Trust.

Flitwick Library (25 May, between 11am and 2:30pm) hosts two Dementia Friends Champion sessions. As well as a Cognitive Stimulation sample session by Tibbs Dementia Foundation.

Dr Roshan Jayalath said:

“The support services we commission for people diagnosed with dementia, enable people to remain independent and live at home longer, and provide essential support to carers and families.”

“There are lots of benefits for someone to have a formal diagnosis early-on in the progression of the disease. So if you are worried about your or someone else’s memory problems, it’s a good idea to make an appointment to see your GP.”

For more information on these events, follow #DAW2018Beds.

For information on dementia services visit www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/dementia