Help for those living with dementia in North Lincolnshire

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North Lincolnshire Council and its partners have organised various events to mark Dementia Awareness Week (May 17 to 23).

The events are open to anyone wanting to find out more about dementia and how to spot the signs, to support that is available.

Local activities include: Monday May 18 – Scunthorpe Hub, Alvingham Road Day Centre, Singing for Brain with the Alzheimer’s Society and The Hospital Singers. Includes afternoon tea and cake (1pm to 3pm), and special memory sessions 3pm to 4pm.

On Tuesday May 19 at Epworth Community Wellbeing Hub, High Street, there is an information on dementia awareness session (10am to noon). Throughout the week, there will also be displays on dementia and local old photos – anyone welcome to call in and have a look over a tea/coffee and Memory Café, including entertainment from a singer (10.30am to 12.30pm).

On Friday May 22 – Central Community Centre, 26 Lindum Street, Scunthorpe 10am to 3pm, there are taster sessions to include: walking football (10.30am to 11am), archery (11.30am to 12.30pm), circuit session (1pm to 1.30pm), table tennis/racket sessions (2pm to 2.30pm), and reminiscence sessions (11am to noon). Please note the sessions may be subject to change.

There’ll also be a dementia friend’s sessions at 10am – please book through https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk . A small number of places will be available on the day for those who don’t have Internet access.

Those wishing to take part in the sport taster sessions will need to wear suitable and comfortable clothes. Information will be available about dementia and living with dementia. There will be a number of stands: North Lincolnshire Museum, MIND, and Carers Support Centre. There will be free smoothies, refreshments and cakes.

Friday May 22 – Winterton Community Wellbeing Hub, West Street, taster session for chair-based exercise, reminiscence and bingo (10am to 3pm). Sarah from Alzheimer’s Society will also be available between 12 noon and 3pm for information and advice.

All week – Brigg Community Wellbeing, Horstead Avenue, there will be a pop-up display on a 1950s theme in the Hub all week and all activities in the Hub that week will follow the theme.

For more information, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk – search Community Wellbeing Hubs, www.nhs.uk – search dementia prevention steps www.dementiafriends.org.uk websites.

Lindsay Shelbourn, health and improvement and wellbeing officer, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Dementia is a debilitating condition that will affect many people. While there is currently no cure, there is lots of help and support out there and we want to show people throughout next week how people can access local support, and live well with dementia.

“We’ve organised lots of events throughout the week and everyone is welcome. The events are free and aim to be fun and informative. They provide a great support mechanism – not just through the organisations involved but for individuals too, whether they have dementia or care for someone with dementia.”