Walsall Councillor marks Dementia Awareness Week with ‘memory rose’

Walsall Councillor Richard Worrall marked Dementia Awareness Week by planting a ‘memory rose’ at an event held by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Bloxwich Hospital in Walsall.

The event, which treated patients and their loved ones to a free meal and celebration, took place on Thursday 20th May to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and inform people of the support and services available to them.

DSC_0036 (4212x2801)Patients, carers and relatives watched as former Bloxwich Hospital patient Councillor Richard Worrall planted a memory rose – called ‘Golden Memories’ – in the hospital garden to mark the week.

Councillor Richard Worrall said: “Dementia is a huge challenge for society: it can hit anyone, anywhere. Dementia is close to my heart, so it is great that events like this show that living well with dementia is possible and something we should strive for.”

Nick Stephens, Head of Older Adults at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said: at: “Nationally and locally, Dementia Awareness Week is so important. This event brought patients, their families and staff together to enjoy themselves and share their thoughts and experiences, which is really important when you consider that research shows that over a third of people with dementia feel lonely. Well done to all the staff involved and to patients and their families for their participation in what was a really positive awareness-raising event.”

If you think you or a loved one may have early symptoms of dementia, please visit your GP.