Week of events to boost dementia awareness and care across borough

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Doncaster health services are teaming up with their partners to raise awareness about dementia and the importance of early diagnosis.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Doncaster, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Doncaster Dementia Forum will provide health and wellbeing advice during National Dementia Awareness Week, from next Monday to Friday.

This year’s message asks, ‘Is it your age or is it dementia?’ in an attempt to get people thinking about the early signs of the condition.

Kim Gostolo, RDaSH health promotion lead and nurse for older people’s mental health services, said: “This awareness campaign is so important to raise the profile around early diagnosis for dementia and reducing the stigma that is attached to the condition.

“Identifying specific support to meet individual needs for people and accessing the correct and timely advice is key to enhancing the quality of life of someone affected by the condition.”

People are encouraged to drop in for free advice, support and information on health and wellbeing and free health checks from the dementia services.

The Wellbeing bus will be at White House Farm shops in Armthorpe on Monday and Clock Corner on Tuesday.

There will be a tea dance and health information event at the Alzheimer’s Society dementia café in the Ivanhoe Centre in Conisbrough on Wednesday afternoon.

It will feature organisations supporting people affected by dementia, such as the ‘test your health’ nurses, the Lost Chord musical charity, Age UK and Sue Ryder.

The Wellbeing bus moves to The Green, Thorne, on Thursday and on Friday there is a ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ event at Forest Gate day hospital, Tickhill Road, which will include massages, music, healthy eating advice, test your health nurses and carers’ support.