A social care charity is marking Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place this week, with a series of events in Doncaster.
Events including coffee mornings, memory cafes, a charity golf day, live music and tea dances are being held across the region by Making Space.
The three Making Space day centres, which provide vital respite for dementia carers, are at the heart of the activity.
Bentley’s Moathills Centre will host a coffee morning tomorrow (May 19) from 10am until 12 noon.
A Making Space Dementia Friends session, also at Moathills Day centre, on Saturday May 23 will give people the chance to find out about volunteer befriending opportunities. The session will be held from 3pm to 4pm.
Service manager Janet Griffiths said: “The coffee mornings are a fantastic occasion for anyone with a new dementia diagnosis and their carers to come along and find out about the support on offer in the local area.
“Regular service users are of course equally welcome to come and share coffee and biscuits and make some new friends.”
Across the UK over 570,000 people are diagnosed with dementia, but it is acknowledged that 60 percent of cases may go undiagnosed. These figures are set to increase as advances in healthcare mean that people are living longer.
The majority of people with dementia are cared for at home by an unpaid relative or friend and the average age of a family carer is 60-65 years old.
For more information, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson