This week is National Dementia Awareness Week, and we have an activity-packed week planned.
On Sunday 15th May, we worked together with partners from Tameside Active Alliance to hold a dementia-friendly fun-day at Oxford Park in Ashton. ‘Generation Games’ included fun activities for all the family, with a special emphasis on accessibility to all.
‘We want to raise awareness of this growing issue among the older members of our community, and focus on what is possible for people living with dementia,’ explains Bernadette Ashcroft, Age UK Tameside’s Chief Officer. ‘A diagnosis of dementia will have a massive impact, but there are many things people can still enjoy and participate in. With the right support, and access to inclusive activities, it is possible to get the most out of life with dementia.’
Living well with dementia is a key message for the whole week, as we launch the Ageing Well Hub in Ashton Town Centre. A ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone seeking information or support, the Hub was officially opening on Monday 16th May, with refreshments, raffle, and a special dementia support advice drop-in.
Events from Tuesday to Thursday will focus on information and support and a Garden Party at The Shed Thursday, and the week will finish with the Reminiscence Jukebox on Friday 20th May at 131 Katherine Street, with a pie supper, special guest, and the playlist requested in advance by ticket-holders, so everyone gets to enjoy their favourite tunes.
‘We aim to ensure that everyone in Tameside can access the support they need in later life,’ says Bernadette. ‘Knowing what support is available is incredibly important to enable people to maintain their independence for as long as possible.
Tickets are still available for the Reminiscence Jukebox, costing £7. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket can call Lucy on 0161 308 5000. Funds raised at the events through the week will go towards our Dementia Garden Fund. You can make a donation towards the fund by clicking here.
All other events are free and open to all.