Dementia Awareness Week

Date published: 10 May 2012

Alzheimer’s Society Rochdale is encouraging people to get talking about dementia this Dementia Awareness Week (20 – 26 May 2012). People are invited to attend 3 awareness raising events in the borough of Rochdale on:

Monday 21st May, 10am – 1pm – Get information and advice from a range of services and join in with our arts and craft workshops (please ring to book your crafting place 01706 926666) - Partnership House, Sparrow Hill, OL16 1QT (The old vicarage next to St Chad’s Church behind Rochdale Town Hall).

Wednesday 23rd May, 10am – 2pm, The Butts, Rochdale Town Centre – Get information and advice from a range of services at a free event hosted by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. There will be lots of activities and freebies for people to enjoy and everyone is welcome.

Friday 25th May 2012, 9am – 5:30pm – Alzheimer’s Society Information and Advice Stall - Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre.

There will be an opportunity to receive information and advice about dementia from the Alzheimer’s Society and other relevant information from organisations such as Partnership for Older Peoples Project (POPPs), Carers Development Worker, Carers Resource, Crossroads Care and CVSR.

Tania Taylor, the Dementia Adviser for Alzheimer’s Society Rochdale, said: "These events are not only a fantastic opportunity to get information and advice about dementia but also a great way to raise much needed funds and get people talking about dementia. We hope lots of people will join us this Dementia Awareness Week.

"We need to tackle the misunderstanding surrounding dementia if we are to ensure people with dementia are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. These events are a great opportunity to spend some time, whether you have five minutes or half an hour, to learn a bit more about dementia."

The events will also include a raffle with prizes that have been donated to the Alzheimer’s Society such as handmade jewellery and a set of Crystal Cut Glasses. The money raised will help the Society support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.

Alzheimer’s Society is also hoping that local businesses and individuals will hold their own fundraising events between 20 – 26 May 2012 to raise valuable funds for people with dementia and their carers. There are as many as over 750,000 people in the UK with dementia and as many as 2248 in the Borough of Rochdale.

For more information please contact Tania on 01706 926666 or 07889 604675 or email

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