The help and support available to people in Wolverhampton living with dementia and their families will be showcased through a series of events during Dementia Action Week, from 20th to 26th May.

This year’s programme is the city’s biggest yet, with over 30 activities ranging from information and advice sessions to social events.

The highlight of the programme is an information and advice event in the Mander Centre on Tuesday 21st May from 11am to 2pm. Around 20 providers and agencies will be on hand to give advice on support for people affected by dementia and their carers. Our Housing Assistance and Affordable Warmth teams will be on hand to provide help and support in any way they can. Come along and have a look. You can also get involved by becoming a dementia friend by attending a Dementia Friends Awareness Session. Take a look at the poster and if you are able to attend please email susan.eagle@wolverhampton.gov.uk with your details.

Take a look at the full programme of events.

On Wednesday 22nd May, we are teaming up with West Midlands Fire Service, the Royal School and the City of Wolverhampton Council to mark Dementia Action Week. We have planned a small get together for a few of our tenants for an intergenerational session for local people living with dementia. There will be a working fire dog, Kai, present to demonstrate the huge positive impact that dogs bring to those living with dementia. 
 

Matt Dixon, from West Midlands Fire Service said:

"The impact of a tactile and non-judgemental effect a fire dog has on people living with dementia is amazing. It is well documented that dogs bring a soothing and therapeutic element, as well as companionship. In some cases, the presence of a dog can trigger a happy memory, as they may think of their own dog from years gone by. This is amazing to see, and we believe it can only be beneficial. I’ve taken Kai to several dementia cafes and he always receives a very welcome reception.”

Dementia Action Week, is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society and it unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

For more information, visit Dementia Action Week 2019.

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