Dementia events in and around Taunton are becoming more and more commonplace and you are now being urged to start a conversation about dementia and find out more about the local support that’s available.
Notably, there is a special event being hosted by the Creative Innovation Centre CIC (CICCIC) in the Memorial Hall on Paul Street on Saturday 30 November, 10am – 3pm.
Organised by Taunton Dementia Action Alliance, the aim of the event is to raise awareness of the support offered locally as well as to answer questions of anyone needing support. No appointment is needed.
There will also be an opportunity to find out more about dementia and how local residents can help support the estimated 8,800 people living with dementia in Somerset.
The Alzheimer’s Society, which is involved in the special event, runs a number of local services including ‘Singing for the Brain’ which is a Memory Café and its dementia support service which offers post diagnosis support.
This will help people with dementia have better access to health, community, housing and care services, as well as providing crucial emotional support so people with dementia can take control of their condition and live the life they choose.
Teresa Mason, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Somerset has told Tone News: “Dementia events like this are a chance for people to find out more about the support we offer locally.
“With someone developing dementia every three minutes, there are too many people facing dementia alone without adequate support.
“We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you are going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice.”
As well as refreshments, there will also be advice available for businesses on how they can become more dementia-friendly. Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends sessions will also be taking place for those wanting to learn more about dementia.
Taunton Dementia Action Alliance is currently working to become a more dementia-friendly community as part of Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Community Recognition Process.
For more information please contact Alzheimer’s Society’s Carol Sweeting on 07850 928905.
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