The Trust will be supporting Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place next week, from 21-27 May by holding two free information events.
The first event will take place at Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich on Wednesday 23rd May from 9.00am-5.00pm and the second event will be held at The Brooklands Health Centre in Wolverhampton on Thursday 24th May from 10.00am – 3.00pm. Both of the events aim to support the week by raising awareness of dementia among local people and signposting them to support services on offer in the Black Country.
Dementia is a common condition, and the risk of developing it increases as you get older. The condition normally appears in people over the age of 65.
There is no simple test for dementia and many of its symptoms occur with other conditions, which can make diagnosing dementia more difficult. However, early diagnosis is crucial in helping people to receive the treatment and support they require to live well with dementia.
Dr Michael Ridley-Dash, Principal Clinical Psychologist for Memory Assessment Service said: “If you are worried about your memory or there is someone in your family that forgets things, this event is an ideal opportunity for you to find out more about dementia.
“You will be able to meet our NHS teams involved in the assessment and treatment of dementia as well local council and charity organisation that support dementia patients and their families. It’s a drop-in event, so please come along at any time on the day.”
The event will include information stalls from Alzheimer’s Society and Agewell Sandwell as well as free talks about Trust services such as the Memory Assessment Service and Therapy and Recovery Unit. Plus, there will be lots of fun activities such as a tai chi group session and hot wax therapy.
Dementia Awareness Week is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society and aims to raise awareness and offer help and understanding of dementia. This year the Alzheimer’s Society would like everyone to unite and take action against dementia.