Oldham Dementia Action Alliance is hosting an array of helpful, supportive and fun events during a month of vital dementia awareness.
The Alliance, which includes over 30 local organisations and businesses as well as Oldham Council, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and the Alzheimer’s Society – is holding a packed programme of activities for the whole family.
Around 30 free events will take place from Friday, May 15 to Monday, June 8 to promote greater understanding of the condition, let people know about services and also how living a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent dementia.
The events will enable residents to support people with dementia to live well with the condition, have some fun and meet new friends.
In Oldham, an estimated 2,500people have dementia – a physical disease of the brain caused by conditions such as Alzheimer’s or mini-strokes.
The number of people living with dementia is predicted to rise by two thirds by 2030.
From active events at Alexandra Park to a family fun day at Oldham Library – there’s something for everyone, whether living with dementia, or not.
Alan Higgins, Director of Public Health for Oldham, said: “Most of us know someone who has dementia, whether it is a neighbour, relative, friend or colleague.
“People living with dementia can face challenges with everyday life, but with a little help and support can continue to live well and enjoy life for many years.
“Oldham Council and its partners created the Oldham Dementia Action Alliance to make the borough a Dementia Friendly Community and provide a helping hand to people with dementia, their families and carers.
“We launched a campaign last year to create hundreds of Dementia Friends and we now we have thousands, all with that better understanding of the condition.
“I encourage people to come to one of our events to find out more about dementia, local services to support people with the condition and their carers.”
Dr Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Oldham CCG, said: “It is so important people get checked by their GP as soon as they start to spot any of the early signs that could be linked to dementia.
“These can include symptoms such as memory loss, especially forgetting recent events and information, difficulty finding the right words, problems understanding numbers or money, becoming confused in unfamiliar environments and changes to mood and personality.
“If you start to notice any of these signs, see your GP straight away – the earlier a diagnosis can be given the earlier that treatment and support can start.”
Find out more about the support available from Age UK Oldham’s Dementia Information Service or from the Memory Service’s drop in sessions at Oldham’s libraries.
For more information and support from the Alzheimer’s Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or call Oldham Dementia Support Service on 0161 483 4446.
Programme of events
For these events, just turn up on the day, unless the need for booking is indicated. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.
Friday, May 15
Dementia Information Stand, Oldham Market Hall (9.30am-3.30pm).
Sunday, May 17
Milltown to Moors 7K run, Alexandra Park.
Monday, May 18
Age UK Oldham’s Dementia Information and Support Stand, Oldham Market Hall (9.30am-3.30pm)
Pyjama Bingo, Housing and Care 21, St Herbert’s court, Wellington Street, Chadderton (2pm).
Tuesday, May 19
Dementia Friends sessions, Development Academy, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham (10am-11am) (11.30am-12.30pm) (2-3pm)
Garden Party with Afternoon Tea, Housing and Care 21, Old Mill House, Old Mill Lane, Springhead (2pm)
Afternoon Drop-in, Oldham Carers Centre, The Link Centre, 140 Union Street, Oldham (2-4pm).
Wednesday, May 20
Launch of Making Memories – Creative Reminiscence activities for older people and their carers, Gallery Oldham, Greaves Street, Oldham (1-4pm)
Coffee Morning, Housing and Care 21, School House Flats, Incline Road, Hollinwood (10am)
The Price is Right, Housing and Care 21, Aster House, Aster Street, Oldham (2-4pm)
Coffee Morning, Mills Hill Baptist Church, Mills Hill Road, Oldham (10am-12noon).
Thursday, May 21
‘Meri Purani Yaadein – My Old Memories, Primrose Centre, 9 Magnolia Gardens, Oldham (10.30am-3,30pm)
Home Instead Senior care Dementia Workshop, Millercare Mobility Showroom, 2-6 Huddersfield Road, Oldham (10am-2pm)
Forties Party with Entertainer, Housing Care and 21, Trinity House, Godson Street, Oldham (2pm)
Memory Service Drop-In, Lees Library, Thomas Street, Lees (9.30am-12.30pm)
‘Jacob’s Join’ Cake Share, Springboard, St Paul’s Parish centre, Downey House, Church Street, Royton (10.30am-12.30pm)
Caremark Dementia Friends session, Springboard, St Paul’s Parish centre, Downey House, Church Street, Royton (10.30am-12.30pm)
Forties party with Entertainer (Tony Issacs), Housing and Care 21, Hopwood Court, Thornham Road, Shaw (2.30pm).
Friday, May 22
Name that Tune, Housing Care and 21, Aster House, Aster Street, Oldham (2-4pm)
Entertainment Afternoon with Singer, Housing Care and 21, Cloughgate House, Cloughgate, Hollins Road, 12.30-5pm
A walk down Memory Lane, Future Directions CIC, Marle House, Broadway, Chadderton (10am-3pm),
Dementia Friend sessions, Future Directions CIC, Marle House, Broadway, Chadderton (11am-2pm).
Saturday, May 23
Oldham Reminiscence Walk, Alexandra Park (10am-5pm)
Forties Day – Wartime Fancy Dress, Housing and Care 21, Lido House, Oldham Road, Grotton (12.30-3.30pm).
Tuesday, May 26
Free pamper session, Function Rooms 3 and 4, Oldham Carers Centre, The Link Centre, 140 Union Street, Oldham (2-4pm).
Saturday, May 30
Family Fun Day, Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham (11am-3.30pm).
Tuesday, June 2
Launch of Making Space, Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham (11am-2pm).
Monday, June 8
Making a Song and Dance About It, Mills Hill Church Hall (1.30-3.45pm).