Improving awareness of Dementia in East Lindsey
East Lindsey District Council is a member of the World Health Organisation's Global Network of Age-friendly Communities. As part of our ongoing commitment to becoming a more Age-friendly district, our Age-friendly Communities Officer has been working in partnership with colleagues from other organisations to improve awareness of dementia locally.
Dementia Action Week is 15th to 21st May this year. It is a UK-wide national awareness campaign led by the Alzheimer's Society. The Louth Area Dementia Action Alliance support this campaign and are planning to be at Louth and Mablethorpe markets the week before, to raise awareness.
The Louth Area Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is a coming together of people from local groups and organisations, including those with lived experience of dementia, with a view to creating a more dementia friendly community. They will be at Mablethorpe Market on Thursday 11th May and at Louth Market on Friday 12th May. So please come along and have a chat with them, ask questions and pick up some information.
There is a lot that people can do to prevent getting dementia. Early diagnosis is important, and it is possible to delay progression of the disease in many cases.
One of the Alzheimer's Society's key messages is: "Its not called getting old, it's called getting ill". As people get older, they are likely to notice some changes in their mental abilities, such as becoming a little more forgetful or finding it harder to do several things at once. On the other hand, Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by a range of diseases that damage the brain. These symptoms worsen over time becoming much more serious than the signs of normal ageing. Sometimes people will dismiss their symptoms as just a normal part of ageing. More detailed information can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website.
During Dementia Action Week the Louth Area DAA and East Lindsey District Council will be sharing information to raise awareness of dementia through social media.
Other activities taking place during Dementia Action Week include:
- The NEW Mablethorpe Memory Café which meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10am until 12noon at the Wellbeing Hub, CLIP, Seacroft Road, Mablethorpe.
- The established Louth Memory Café which meets on Wednesday afternoons at the Trinity Centre, Eastgate, Louth.
- The Ageless & Agile Session run by Magna Vitae, on Thursdays from 1.30pm to 3pm at the Meridian Leisure Centre, Wood Lane, Louth.
- The Louth Rotary Club Memory Walk held on Sunday 21st May, meeting at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. This will be a 2.5 mile walk from Hubbard's Hills. Suggested donation £5 adult, £2 child. For walk information contact email@example.com
For any further information please contact East Lindsey's Age-friendly Communities Officer firstname.lastname@example.org