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Remember the person

It's Dementia Awareness Week and we are holding a series of events at Manchester Royal Infirmary to raise awareness about the condition, which affects 750,000 people in the UK, 16,000 of whom are below the age of 65. 

The theme of the week is Remember the Person, which encourages people to be a friend to someone with dementia. One of the aims of the week is to take the fear out of dementia and to acknowledge that life with dementia can still be full of joy. It gives advice on ten simple things to do to help a family living with dementia. 

Our week's activities have been developed with support from the Alzheimer's Society, Manchester Library Theatre and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). 

Key Events   

Monday 21st May

  • From 1.30pm - 4.00 pm 'Storybox' is Manchester Library Theatre Company's project designed for older people with particular focus on those with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Storybox performers will be taking a tea trolley in costume to Wards 45 and 46 before moving to Ward 30 for a theatrical tea dance. It will be a tea dance with a difference with performers serving tea in character, incorporating an interactive theatrical experience for patients and their families, with games, performances and cake.
  • Featuring in the Mancheter Royal Infirmary main atria space will be an Alzheimer's Society stand and 'Remembrance Tree'. Members of the public will be encouraged to hang 'remember me' tags on the tree for a loved one who is living with dementia.
  • From 5.00 - 6.00 pm Ordsall choir will be visiting Wards 45 & 46 singing songs from yesteryear.

Thursday 24th May

  • From 2.00 - 3.00 pm there will be vintage social dancing in the Royal Eye Hospital Atrium accompanied by a three piece band from the Royal Northern College of Music will be playing music from years gone by.

Nicola Johnson, Dementia Project Nurse said: "Cultural activities such as music music, art and performamnce are great for entertaining and relaxing people as well as being known for there calming benefits and so we're really looking forward to welcoming the musicians and performers to help us raise dementia awareness".

  

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Issued by:  Ruth Richards, Communications Officer

Tel: 0161 901 2659

E-mail: ruth.richards@cmft.nhs.uk

 

Notes to editors:

  • Dementia Awareness Week runs from 20th-26th May 2012
  • For more information, visit alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson 
  • One in three people over 65 will die with dementia.
  • Alzheimer's Society research shows that there are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021. This will soar to 1.7 million by 2050