Seven thousand people in Tameside are affected by dementia, many of them go undiagnosed. Dementia Awareness Week runs from Monday 18 May, Tameside Council's Public Health team have joined up with the Alzheimer's Society, New Charter and Age UK to run a series of events to to help people learn how to support people living with the condition.
Included in the weeks events is advice sessions at a Health Bus visiting local supermarkets, specialist information on registering to become a Dementia Friend, and local school children will be learning how to make sense of the symptoms older relatives may be experiencing and how they can help them communicate.
There will also be b a special drop in session at the Bangladeshi Community Centre in Hyde on Thursday 21 May and a reminiscence disco on Friday 22 May, with older people and their Carers being invited to dance the afternoon away to music from across the decades.
Tameside Council's Lynn Travis said: "We are hoping that this week will raise awareness of some facts about dementia, and allow people to gather further help and advice should they need it, either for themselves, or for someone they care about."
For information about any of the events call Angela Wild, Public Health Officer at Tameside Council on 0161 342 3477 or Age UK Tameside on 0161 308 5000.