Colleagues will be out and about across Gloucestershire for events and awareness raising as part of Dementia Action Week.
The theme for the week this year is to highlight support available to people in Gloucestershire, and nine events will be held to take the message out into our communities.
Colleagues will be at:
- Gloucester on Monday (Eastgate Shopping Centre, 10am-3pm)
- Cinderford on Tuesday (Triangle, 10am-2pm)
- Moreton-in-Marsh on Wednesday (Fosseway Garden Centre, 10am-2pm)
- Tewkesbury on Thursday (Leisure Centre, 6am-9.;30am and Morrisons 10am-2pm)
- Cirencester on Friday (Dobbies Garden Centre, 10am-2.30pm)
- Stroud and Nailsworth on Saturday (Stroud Farmers Market, 10am-2pm and Nailsworth Library 10am-1pm)
- Cheltenham on Sunday (John Lewis, 11am-3pm)
Consultant Dementia Nurse Steve Shelley-King said sometimes there can be barriers which prevent people from getting a diagnosis.
He said: “As a society we tend to assume that memory loss is just part and parcel of getting old, but this can lead to a sense of denial for some people which then prevents them from seeking help.
“By getting out and about in the community during Dementia Action Week, we’re aiming to encourage those who might be living with, or close to, someone who has undiagnosed dementia to identify symptoms.
“Once this acknowledgement happens, they can come to us for support and start living well with dementia.”
More information on dementia can be found on our Managing Memory pages.
Jane Haros, Associate Director of Nursing at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging people to take part in a short survey to help shape future care.
She said: “It’s vitally important for us to get things right for people living with dementia, their families and carers, so people’s views are very valuable.
“If people share their experiences with us, we can use the feedback to help improve and develop the help and support we provide.”
You can find the survey here