If you or a loved one are experiencing memory loss, it may be a sign of dementia.
Getting a dementia diagnosis can be daunting, but 91% of people affected by dementia agree that it is better to actually know (Alzheimer’s Society, 2022). Having a dementia diagnosis can benefit the individual concerned and their loved ones in many ways, for example; they can gain tips and support, as well as being able to plan for the future.

At the Essence Service, we now have a #Dementia Diagnosis Facilitator who will be supporting individuals and families through the process of assessment and possible diagnosis.

Also, to celebrate Dementia Action Week, we will be holding an open day at the Essence Centre, Doxford Park on Wednesday 18th May, 10am until 3pm.
Our full address details: The Essence Service, Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Mill Hill Road, Doxford Park, Sunderland, SR3 2ND.

This year’s theme is based upon “Diagnosis”.

We will have staff available from:
– The Essence Service – Dementia Support Workers and our new Dementia Diagnosis Facilitator
– Other Age UK Sunderland projects – including Day Services, Lifestyle, Volunteering and Advocacy.  We also will have leaflets available for our other projects such as Community Support Clubs and Information and Advice (benefits).
– Oral Health
– Assistive Technology Team (Sunderland Adult Care and Support)
– Tyne and Wear Fire Service
– Community (Neighbourhood) Policing team
– Healthwatch
– Sunderland Carers Centre 
– Goody bags from the Falls Service

All will be on hand to give information for all aspects of dementia care and much more.

Light refreshments will be provided and those who attend the event will have their names entered into a free prize draw (great prizes to be won!! 😀).

Please drop in to our special event, no appointment necessary.
We look forward to seeing you.

If you have any queries, please contact our Essence Wellbeing Activity Organiser on 0191 5221310 or email essenceactivity@ageuksunderland.org.uk

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