Darlington to mark Dementia Action Week with series of events


Darlington is set to become more dementia friendly with a series of events in the town centre to mark Dementia Action Week, which starts on Monday, May 21st, 2018.

Dementia Action Week is a celebration and recognition of how organisations from the public, private and charity sectors can work together with the aim of making Darlington and surrounding areas dementia friendly.

Dementia Friendly Darlington, a partnership of public, private and charity organisations, has arranged a series of events to mark Dementia Action Week, including training sessions, live music and a tea dance.

In addition to the one-off events, the week also includes Quiet Hout shopping, which takes place in venues across Darlington town centre each Sunday morning between 10:30am and 11:30am.

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Kathryn Hardwick, from Alzheimers Society, said: “Dementia affects everyone in their own individual way and carrying out normal day to day activities such as shopping can pose many challenges for people living with dementia.

“Whether it is navigating around the store, busy crowds or too much noise, it can be overwhelming and confusing for someone with dementia.

“As a community, we should strive to empower and enable people living with dementia to carry on doing the things they have always enjoyed such as going shopping.

We can do this by offering a calm, relaxed atmosphere through a Quiet Hour at our local shops during Dementia Action Week. It’s time to unite and take action on dementia.”

You can find more information about Dementia Action Week on the Alzheimers website or from the Dementia Friendly Darlington group on dfcdarlington@gmail.com.

Source: Darlington Borough Council

David Wriglesworth
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