Communities in counties across the country came together last week to support Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May), the Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship awareness event. The annual event, which is designed to raise awareness of dementia and other memory related conditions, always garners a huge amount of support from both the media and the public, and this year was no exception. Rock and roll group ‘Out to Lunch’ from Hilly Fields, North Enfield chose to celebrate the start of the week with a free concert, whilst support workers in Swansea took the opportunity to hold a tea party. Charities and hospitals in Southampton held family workshops to help those who have a friend or relative with dementia, whilst retirement village residents in St Helens had access to a Healthy Minds Drop-In Service where they could get any questions or concerns addressed by experts.
Celebrity supporters were rife: Gavin and Stacey star Ruth Jones launched the event with a video, whilst This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford took over the Alzheimer’s Society Twitter account to drum up some extra awareness. British actress Carey Mulligan also lent her support to the Dementia Awareness Week campaign with a flying visit to London, where she attended afternoon tea at the Savoy with people with dementia and their carers.
As providers of live in dementia care, The Good Care Group has always supported Dementia Awareness Week, and you can read about everything we’ve been up to on our Twitter page @goodcaregroup. Congratulations to our profesional carers, Rob and Ingrida for both winning our Dementia Carer Award 2013 – you dedication and commitment to your clients has been outstanding, thank you from everyone at The Good Care Group. Thank you also to all those who joined our SPECAL webinar on 22 May with Penny Garner founder of The Contented Dementia Trust and pioneer of the ground-breaking SPECAL method. More great webinars on the way!