If you are worried that you or someone close to you may have dementia, it can be difficult to talk about. That is why Dementia Awareness Week 2017 #DAW17 is important as it encourages us to open up and discuss dementia with others. Through everyone coming together we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding, improve care and support those with the diagnosis and their carers.

It is National Dementia Week from 15th – 21st May 2017 and we will be having an open day on Wednesday 17th May at the Essence Centre from 10am to 3pm.

This day will be an ideal opportunity to meet the staff, view the building and talk to current service users. We can provide information on dementia and explain the support we can provide to clients and carers. Our team will be available to answer any queries. If you are personally affected by dementia or want to know more information then please come along!

We have a range of activities planned as well as plenty of information available too on the day, from not only the Essence Staff, but also other professionals who work closely with the service.

Everyone is welcome!

If you require further information, please call 0191 522 1310, email essenceservice@ageuksunderland.org.uk or drop into the Essence Centre, at the Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Mill Hill Road, Doxford Park, Sunderland, SR3 2ND.

Other information for Dementia Awareness Week:

Alzheimer’s Society will have an information stand at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Kayll Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TP from 12pm-4pm on 17th May 2017. They will be able to provide information about dementia, your local services and the support available. There will be a range of leaflets and publications available, as well as a member of the Alzheimer’s Society team to talk to.

There are several ways we can support throughout the Dementia Awareness Week.

Donate
You could make a monthly or a single donation to support those affected by Dementia.
– A £5 donation can help to pay for one person to attend a 30 minute support session at a Dementia Café.
– A £10 donation could pay for 100 copies of Alzheimer’s Society’s most requested factsheet, Understanding and respecting the person with dementia.
– A £50 donation could fund a National Dementia Helpline advisor for an hour, as they provide a listening ear for people in need of advice and support.
– A £100 donation could pay to run the Alzheimer’s Society’s online community for people affected by dementia, which offers a safe place to share experiences and receive advice and support.

Become a Dementia Friend
Dementia Friends fundamental aim is to change people’s perceptions of Dementia and tackle the stigma that surrounds lives of people with Dementia across the UK. Dementia Friends revolves around learning more about dementia and how each individual can help others. You can register to become a Dementia Friend at: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBRegisterFriend

Organise a Fundraising Event
You could organise an event and raise money in order to support! Here are some ideas on what you could do…
• A coffee morning
• A bake sale
• A sponsored quit (quit and kick that habit!)
• Organise a collection
• Get sponsored to grow a moustache or beard
• Organise a charity ball
• Organise a raffle or lottery
• Organise a quiz night
• For more ideas visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20072/top_fundraising_ideas/180/fundraising_ideas

You can request a fundraising pack from: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/forms/form/266/en/dementia_awareness_week_2017

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