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Alzheimer’s Society in Antrim and Ballymena unites against dementia for Dementia Action Week 2018. The Action Week will run from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th May.
Alzheimer’s Society in Antrim and Ballymena is encouraging residents to take action and unite against dementia for Dementia Action Week. Charity staff and volunteers will be in various locations to encourage local people to take actions, big or small, to make a huge difference to people affected by dementia.
There will be information stands in:
Bank of Ireland, Church Street, Ballymena all week.
Tuesday 22 May – Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena Slimming World Groups all day.
Wednesday 23 May – Ballymena Central Library ~ 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday 24 May – Coleman’s Garden Centre, Templepatrick ~ 9.30am – 4.30pm
This year’s Dementia Action Week theme is community change. From continuing to invite someone with dementia out, to making sure you listen and include them in conversations, people with dementia and carers have shared actions that will make a difference – helping them to feel included in their communities and able to live the lives that they want.
Valerie Guthrie, Dementia Support Worker for Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland, said:
“We’re calling on people in Antrim and Ballymena to take action at this Dementia Action Week. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes and almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected. Yet too many people face the condition alone without adequate support.”
“People with dementia and carers have shared actions with us that will make a difference. This could be from ‘invite me out, friends still mean the world to me’ to ‘take time to listen, I can still teach you a thing or two.'”
“So join us on to take action and unite against dementia and help people affected to feel included in their community and able to live the life they want.”
There are 20,400 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland. Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia. The charity provides information and support. To find out more about Dementia Action Week, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit the Alzheimers Society website here.
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