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Dementia Awareness week 3 -9 July 2011

Dementia Awareness Week will take place from 3 – 9 July in England and Wales and 12 – 18 June 2011 in Northern Ireland.

 

To mark National Dementia week, Rose Lodge, East Devon’s dementia specialists, are launching a befriending scheme for people with dementia and their carers in Exmouth. Under this scheme, people with dementia are given the opportunity to get involved in some of the popular activities at Rose Lodge, such as the weekly drama class, and the Rose Lodge Ramblers that meet weekly for a good 2-hour week around the Devon Countryside. “Isolation is a real problem for people with dementia and their carers, and too often life can become a bit of a grind. Public services for people with dementia are very limited and so we are happy to be able to help and make some of our activities programme available to people in the community” says Karen Bousher, Manager at Rose Lodge. If you would like to participate in the scheme, please contact Karen at Rose Lodge on 01395 227071.

The theme for the week is ‘Remember the person’ and the focus for this week is on encouraging people to be a friend to someone with dementia. It is trying to take the fear out of dementia and make people realise that people living with dementia are just people.The Alzheimers Society have published a brochure which can be downloaded from here

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