Organisations across Barnsley come together to celebrate Dementia Action Week

To mark Dementia Action Week (16-22 May), organisations across Barnsley are coming together to encourage people to act on dementia.

Across the borough, interactive events and activities are planned throughout the week by the Barnsley Third Sector Dementia Alliance:

  • Age UK Barnsley will be hosting daily social groups across the borough with memory games and quizzes. On Thursday, they will also launch a new series of weekly sessions to actively stimulate and engage people living with dementia.
  • BIADS will be hosting carer support groups and drop-ins throughout the week before inviting people into their Day Care Centre on Thursday for a special open day.
  • Butterflies have organised celebratory events for people living with dementia, their families and their carers, including a race afternoon on Thursday.
  • Crossroads Barnsley will be hosting a Friday coffee morning with a Dementia Action Week theme and a Memory Hub Café next weekend.
  • Making Space have organised a Dementia Tea Party in Dodworth on Monday.

In addition to these events, Alzheimer’s Society are hosting an information event at Library @ The Lightbox on Thursday 19 May. Pop down between 10:30am and 2:30pm to learn about the support available for people living with dementia, their carers and their loved ones.

You can find out more information about what’s planned on the Dementia Friendly Barnsley website.

Dementia Action Week is an annual event encouraging people to ‘act on dementia’. Organised by Alzheimer’s Society, this year’s campaign is focused on diagnosis.

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, it could be a sign of dementia.

Research shows the view memory loss is a natural sign of ageing is the biggest barrier to people getting help early.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “In Barnsley, we want to make sure you can get the right care and support you need. While getting a dementia diagnosis can be daunting, finding out early opens doors for you to get the support you need, plan ahead and hopefully slow its progress.

“I’m delighted to see organisations across our borough coming together to support Dementia Action Week, raising awareness for the importance of diagnosis and the support available locally for people living with dementia, their carers and their families.”

Dementia isn’t an inevitable part of ageing, and there are things we can all do to reduce the risk of developing some forms of dementia, such as being mentally active and making healthy lifestyle choices. For more information, visit our dementia website.

Local organisations and activities are available to help people live well with dementia and support those caring for them – visit our Dementia Friendly Barnsley website to learn more.

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