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Dementia Awareness Week 2024 events in Rutland

People affected by dementia are being invited to attend a range of sessions as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

Among the events taking place in Rutland are:

* A Dementia Information Event on Monday (May 13) from 9.30am to 1pm at the Falcon Hotel, Uppingham.

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This is organised by Uppingham Rotary, Uppingham Surgery and its Patient Participation Group.

Several organisations, including Rutland County Council’s Admiral Nurse service, will be present to offer guidance, advice and reassurance for people with dementia, their carers and families.

Free refreshments will be available and all Rutland residents are welcome.

* Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) on Tuesday (May 14) in Oakham.

This free taster session is suitable for those living with mild to moderate dementia.

To book and for more information call 07738 820910 or email Yvonne.rawlings@ageukleics.org.uk

* Memory café on Wednesday (May 15) from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Taylor House, Johnson Road Uppingham.

An afternoon of reminiscence over a cup of tea and cake. Open to those living with dementia and their carers.

* Time in Nature Walk on Thursday (May 16) from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Volunteer Training Centre, Oakham Road. Hambleton.

A chance for people living with dementia and their carers to enjoy the natural outdoor environment with a walk on the reserve (weather permitting).

To book call 07738 820910 or email Yvonne.rawlings@ageukleics.org.uk

* A dementia information stand will be open on Friday (May 17) from 9.30am to 1.30pm at the Co-op, Burley Road, Oakham.

Come along and find out more about Age UK services and Rutland County Council’s Admiral Nurse service based in Rutland.

Speaking about the week’s events, Coun Diane Ellison, Rutland County Council’s portfolio holder for adult care and health, said: “Dementia is a condition that doesn’t just affect those who live with it but it also affects those who live, care for and love them.

“There are a range of information and support sessions on throughout Dementia Awareness Week that we hope that many people will be able to take advantage of.

“Getting the right advice is vital so even if you can’t come along to one of the events we would urge those affected by dementia to find out more about the support available and contact Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland or our dedicated Admiral Nurse.”

People do not need a formal dementia diagnosis to get help and support in Rutland.

Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland host regular memory clinics, pop-up cafes, coffee mornings and therapy groups for people at various stages of their dementia journey, including those yet to be formally diagnosed.

Anyone who would like to know more should contact Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland by calling 0116 223 7363, emailing dementia.support@ageukleics.org.uk or visiting: www.ageuk.org.uk/leics.

For anyone diagnosed with dementia, Rutland has a dedicated Admiral Nurse Service, operated by Rutland County Council.

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give much-needed practical and emotional support to family carers, as well as the person with dementia.

Rutland became only the second local authority in the UK to launch an Admiral Nurse service in partnership with Dementia UK. For more information, call 01572 720959 or email admiralnurse@rutland.gov.uk.

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