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
Our week's activities have been developed with support from the
Alzheimer's Society, Manchester Library Theatre and Royal Northern
College of Music (RNCM).
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
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Issued by: Ruth Richards, Communications Officer
Tel: 0161 901 2659
Notes to editors:
- Dementia Awareness Week runs from
20th-26th May 2012
- For more information, visit
- 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