We are hosting a full week of events for dementia action week this year, 20-26 May, with a 12-hour Knit-a-thon, dementia friends awareness sessions, a tea dance, dementia friendly cinema screening, hand massage, zimmer decoration and more!
The week aims to raise awareness of the condition, encourage people to take positive actions, such as becoming a dementia friend, and support those with dementia, and their carers, to enjoy activities with other residents in their local community. For more information download the list of Dementia Action Week events in Croydon.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a progressive condition that can lead to memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or communication. In 2017 there were an estimated 3,611 people aged 65+ living with dementia [Source: Projecting Older People Population Information System (POPPI)]. It mainly affects those in this older age group, however the onset of the condition can begin much earlier.
After a diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care services
If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with dementia you can find out details on what support they should get by visiting GOV.UK.
The information they provide includes:
- What is in a care plan
- How health care and social care services can help
- Support available to family and friends who are carers
- How to take part in research
For further information about the work of Croydon Dementia Action Alliance and becoming a Dementia Friend email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Related information from other websites
Visit Croydon's health website for tips and advice on what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing.
Free NHS Health Check
You could be eligible for a free health check if you are aged between 40 and 74. The check-up can detect the early signs of a range of conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia. Getting treatment early can help to better manage these and other conditions. Find our more about free NHS health checks.