Dementia Awareness Week in Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton will be hosting events across it’s campuses to support Dementia Awareness Week.

Events will be taking place throughout the week commencing Monday, 18 May as part of the National Awareness Campaign.

This will be hosted by members of Wolverhampton’s Dementia Action Alliance from Monday, 18 May to Saturday, 23 May to provide information and support to those affected by Dementia in Wolverhampton and across the Midlands.

An information point will be hosted by university staff at the Wolverhampton Civic Offices on Monday, 18 May at 10am providing support and demonstrating fitness activities. The same event will also take place on Wednesday, 20 May at the Walsall Campus Sports Centre and on Friday, 22 May at Blists Hill, Telford.

The university will also host an online fresh event on Tuesday, 19 May across all campuses, inviting staff and students to engage in online awareness activities.

The University’s Centre for Applied Research and Education in Dementia (CARE) will host an online fresh of its Dementia strategy and its webpage to include updates on recent projects, future plans and signposting information.

Gill Maidens, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “It’s important to recognise and appreciate that people can and do live a very positive lifestyle with dementia, and it’s time to challenge some myths.

“Raising awareness and offering information is key to understanding how best we can support those affected by dementia and how to put the person at the heart of all that we do. 

“This is a really important week where we have the opportunity to raise awareness.

“The University will be contributing to this important week through hosting a series of information stands in our campuses as well as hosting an online refresh that will port important information about what we are doing to support this cause, as well as engage staff and students in online activities”.

 Dementia Awareness Week is the annual campaign organised by the Alzheimer’s Society to highlight a condition affecting nearly a million people in the UK, including 3,600 in Wolverhampton.

Councillor Steve Evans, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, said:” I’m really pleased of the work that has been carried out to make Wolverhampton dementia friendly, and I’m proud to be a part of the fantastic joint efforts put in through partnership working.

“As well as highlighting the help and support that is available to people living with dementia in Wolverhampton, Dementia Awareness Week will also see the launch of the city’s new Joint Dementia Strategy, which will have a tremendously important role to play in improving services over the next few years.”

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For more information please contact Iyma Atiq in the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2448. 

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