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Dementia affects about 800,000 people in the UK, usually to people over the age of 65. Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.

Next week is Dementia Awareness Week and the Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance have organised a number of activities to help to raise awareness of Dementia in the City.

Marlene Lambeth has organised the FOS and friends dementia awareness event in Low Hill. She said:

Photo of Marlene Lambeth“I’m really keen that people know about dementia and that anyone with dementia gets the care they need.

“I had two aunts who had dementia and then my father developed it when he was in his 70s. At the time I wondered, was he forgetful because of his age but it started getting worse so he saw his GP and he confirmed that it was dementia.

“He lived in warden-controlled accommodation, but I had to care for him a lot. He would put a pan of water on and forget about it, so the fire alarms would go off constantly. He’d get very agitated due to his forgetfulness, he could remember things from the distant past but not the short-term. He lost his appetite too, not many people realise, it can affect you physically.

“With my experience with my father, I have become involved with dementia awareness work. I fundraise for the dementia ward at News Cross. It’s an absolutely outstanding ward, the care is fantastic with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

“I’ve arranged a community event for Dementia Awareness Week with speakers from the Alzheimers Society, doctors and nurses from the dementia ward, Wolverhampton Homes, the Fire Service and crime prevention team. It’s on Monday 18th May, 10am to 12pm at Low Hill Community Centre. Please feel free to come along.” 

Information and Awareness Event

Hosted by by FOS tenants' group on Monday 18th May 10am to 12pm at Low Hill Community Centre, Kempthorne Avenue.

Vintage Tea Dance

Hosted by the Mayor of Wolverhampton for People Living with Dementia and their Carers on Tuesday 19th May 2pm to 4pm in the Mayors Parlour, Civic Centre

Tea Party and Coffee Morning

Hosted by Age UK, Darlington Street

  • Tea Party Monday 18th May 4pm - 6pm.
  • Coffee morning Saturday 23rd May 11 - 2pm.
  • Daily advice sessions 10am to 2.30pm.

Reminiscence Session

Wednesday 20th May and Friday 22nd May 1.30pm to 2pm at Beacon Centre for the Blind, Sedgley Road.

Priority Care Project

Wednesday 20th May from 1.45pm to 4.30pm at Bromley House, Penn Road.

Circle Dancing Taster Session and Reminiscence Session

Thursday 21st May from 11am to 2pm at Life Direct, Victoria Street.

Supported by Asda

Asda are supporting all of the above events and will have a Dementia Awareness event in store on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd 10am to 2pm.

More information

Contact Rose Powell on 01902 555494 for further details

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