Trust hosts event to raise awareness of dementia – 15/05/2014

Local mental health NHS services are hosting a free dementia awareness event in support of Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May), as statistics reveal that as many as 800,000 adults – some aged as young as 40 – have dementia, but fewer than half of those have been diagnosed.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust will be holding its ‘Journey of Memory’ event on Saturday 17th May, 11am – 3pm in support of the awareness campaign launched by the Alzheimer’s Society.
The event, which will be held at Palfrey Community Centre, Milton Street, Walsall, aims to raise awareness of dementia among local people, particularly those from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Currently, dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65, and there is evidence suggesting that dementia is more prevalent amongst the South Asian population.

Dr Tabassum, Associate Specialist in Old Age Psychiatry, said: “If you are worried about your memory or there is someone in your family that forgets things, this event is an ideal opportunity for you to find out more about how we can help you. You will be able to find out more about the symptoms and treatment for dementia and what services are available locally. It’s a drop-in event, so please come along at any time.”

The event will include information stalls from Alzheimer’s Society and The Stroke Association as well as free health checks, advice about cancer screening, and a free hot buffet lunch. Plus, there will be lots of fun activities such as henna art, interactive workshops and face painting. Come along on Saturday 17th to find out more.

Event posters:
Bengali           Hindi
Punjabi           Urdu