A HOST of events are planned to raise awareness about dementia and the services that are available in the community.
Hartlepool Borough Council has teamed up with care homes, retirement complexes and hospitals to help create a better understanding of the sensitive issue.
The events are being held as part of National Dementia Awareness Week, next week, which this year focuses on the theme of talking.
The Alzheimer’s Society, which runs the campaign, says the more people know about dementia, the more prepared people will be to face it.
Four days of events are taking place locally in conjunction with the council.
Hartlepool Central library will also have memory boxes to borrow.
Monday, May 20.
l Belle Vue Centre, Kendal Road, 9.30am-3.30pm. The Hospital of God at Greatham, Hartlepool Day Centre and Hartlepool Carers with information about their services;
l Sensory Day at West View lodge, West View Road. Sessions are between 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm.
Tuesday, May 21.
l Memory walk at 10am around Ward Jackson Park, meeting at the Place in the Park Cafe;
l Memory walk at 11am from Ward Jackson Park to Hartfields, meeting at the Ward Jackson Cafe;
l Hartfields Retirement Village, Bishop Cuthbert, dementia awareness and ways to keep your brain active, from 1pm-2pm in the main building;
l Hospital of God at Greatham and Hartlepool Day Centre will be at the University Hospital of North Tees 9.30am-3.30pm with information about their services;
l West View lodge, West View Road, singer 2pm-3pm.
Wednesday, May 22.
l The People’s Centre, Raby Road, Hospital of God at Greatham and Hartlepool Day Centre, 9.30am-3.30pm with information about their services
l West View lodge, West View Road, reminiscence sessions 10-11am and 2pm-3pm.
Thursday, May 23:
l Laurel Gardens, Marlowe Road, Your Memories in Tune singing project at 2pm;
l West View Lodge, West View Road, chair football and parachute group, 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm.
Information and advice sessions for people caring with someone with dementia or memory problems are available by calling Sheila Byers 01429 803660 Carers in need of support can contact Hartlepool Carers on (01429) 283095.