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Supporting those with dementia

1 in 3 people living with dementia do not have a diagnosis, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

In support of Dementia Awareness Week (13-19 May) 2024, there is a host of free activities taking place across the whole borough during the month of May.

The campaign, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, raises awareness of the condition and the support available.

Those without a diagnosis are unlikely to be getting the care and support they need to live their lives. The campaign’s aim is to raise awareness of the benefits in getting a diagnosis and why that makes a difference.

If you are worried that you or someone you know could be showing signs of dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website and have a look at the useful checklist. It will help you understand if you could be showing signs and how to describe symptoms to a GP or health professional.

Councillor Josh Blacker, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for healthy lives, said: “A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming – and it may feel like everything has changed. But by getting a diagnosis and understanding the symptoms, you can then find the right care and support for you.”

Local support for those living with dementia can be found on the council’s website.

Come along   

Wednesday 8 May, 12pm-2pm – Information session at Greenford Library hosted by Dementia Concern

Monday 13 May, 2pm-4pm – Carer’s Support Group dementia choir hosted by Dementia Concern at Elm Lodge, Greenford UB6 9UG – contact Christine on 07377181111 to book.

Tuesday 14 May and Wednesday 15 May, 10am-4pm – Information stall in the main entrance at Ealing Hospital.

Wednesday 15 May, 12pm-2pm – Information session at Northolt Library hosted by Dementia Concern.

Wednesday 15 May, 2pm-3pm – Free sports hall activities session at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, including pickleball, badminton and table tennis.

Wednesday 15 May, 5.15pm-8pm – An evening with Judith Silver on her play Mum Thumb at 223 Windmill Road, Ealing W5 4DJ – contact Linda on 07850279346 to book.

Friday 17 May, 10.30am-12.30pm – Carers Coffee Morning hosted by the Carers Centre at Sycamore Lodge, Edgecote Close, Acton W3 8HP.

Friday 17 May, midday – 2pm – Information stall at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing W5 5JY.

Monday 20 May, 1pm-3pm – Afternoon Tea hosted by Dementia Concern at 223 Windmill Road, Ealing W5 4DJ.

Thursday 23 May, 10.30am-12pm – Music Therapy Taster Session hosted by Dementia Concern at 223 Windmill Road, Ealing W5 4DJ. Join in playing instruments and singing. There are limited spaces so please contact Linda on 07850279346 to book.

Friday 24 May, 10am-4pm – Information stall at Hanwell Health Centre, 20 Church Road, Hanwell W7 1DR.

New dementia unit

Read about a new customised residential dementia unit at Martin House in Southall

There are now 15 new beds for local people suffering with dementia, in a unit that has been repurposed to be welcoming, bright and comfortable.  

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