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New drop-in session to tackle memory problems

memorymattersPeople worried about their own memory problems – or those of other people – are invited to a new monthly drop-in session.

Memory Matters takes place at Wednesfield Community Hub, Well Lane, on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am-5pm, with professionals on hand to offer advice and guidance to people who are concerned that they are becoming a bit forgetful, or are worried about a friend or relative.

Councillor Sandra Samuels, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “We all forget something from time to time, whether it is someone's name, where we put the car keys or what we went into the kitchen for.

“For most of us, this is nothing to worry about – perhaps just a sign that we are tired or under stress or simply not as young as we were, but if anyone has any concerns whatsoever, Memory Matters gives them the chance to speak to the professionals who can offer reassurance and guidance.”

Experts including community psychiatric nurses and social workers will be available at each session and will be able to assess whether someone's memory loss is anything more serious, such as the onset of dementia, and direct them towards appropriate help and support. A Community Support Worker will also be available to offer information and advice.

Memory Matters has been launched by the City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT), Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Alzheimer's Society.

Sue Morrow, Adult and Older Adult Directorate Service Manager at BCPFT, said: “Everyone has moments when they get a bit forgetful; but as a Trust it is important to us that we encourage people to talk about any changes they may be experiencing with their memory, making sure they know that it is okay to forget things from time to time but if they are concerned there is help available.

Memory Matters is a great initiative and we are really pleased to be a part of the launch and hope to soon have this model trialled out to other sites for our service users within the wider Black Country community.”

Memory Matters will take place at Wednesfield Community Hub for the first time on Tuesday 5 July from 10am-5pm. No appointment is necessary, simply drop in. For more details, please call 01902 553409.