Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will be marking Dementia Awareness Week with a series of outreach events for the public and those living with dementia.
The week will see vintage rockers, The Retrosettes, play a concert for services users and their friends and families as part of the Music in Hospitals Charity.
The band who blend sounds from the Sixties, Disco and Northern Soul will be playing on the Greenway Ward in The Moorside Unit in Trafford. Staff from the Alzheimer’s Society will join them.
Doctors and nurses at the Royal Bolton Hospital will be dressing up in 1950s outfits and transforming the dementia ward into Bolton Vintage Tea Room to throw a tea party for service users.
People living with Dementia and their friends and family will enjoy an afternoon of cake and music in the ward.
A special event for LGBT people living with dementia is taking place in Wythenshawe, hosted by the University Hospital of South Manchester’s Dementia Team and their Staff LGBT Network.
The event, which is open to staff and service users, is being held in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and is supported by the LGBT Foundation.
It will raise awareness around the unique challenges and barriers faced by the LGBT community when accessing dementia services.
In The Woodlands, in Little Hulton, Salford, a specialist older adult inpatient unit, staff will be sharing cake, quizzes and bingo on the wards with people living with dementia and their carers.
The GMMH Recovery Academy will be running two special courses, Living Well with Dementia and a Dementia Friends Awareness course. You can book on one of these courses here.
In Salford staff are taking the message of dementia awareness out to the community with a roadshow around the city. They will be taking on a Pedal Power to Parliament challenge to raise cash for people living with dementia.
The roadshow will culminate in the Good Life Festival, which will be held in partnership with Age UK Salford, on Saturday 20 May at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre in Salford Quays.
The day will feature boat racing for 18 teams of people from Salford’s dementia services and those affected by dementia, alongside taster sessions in climbing, sailing and kayaking.
The roadshow locations are:
Monday, 15 May – Launch of Pedal Power to Parliament Challenge, Salford Shopping City, Tesco - Salford Shopping City, 9.30am to 3.30pm,
Tuesday, 16 May - Pedal Power to Parliament Challenge Day 2, Outside M&S at Salford Royal Hospital, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Wednesday, 17 May - Official Opening of Salford University’s Institute of Dementia, followed by Alzheimer’s Research UK North West Public Engagement Event, Opening 12noon to 1pm and Event 2pm to 5pm
Thursday, 18 May - Pedal Power to Parliament Challenge Day 3, Swinton Precinct, 9am to 3pm
Friday, 19 May - Cream Tea, Choirs, Clowns and more, Humphrey Booth Resource Centre, Swinton, 11am to 2pm
Saturday, 20 May – The Good Life Festival - Family Activity Day, Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, Salford Quays, 10am to 4pm
To find out about living well with dementia and the support available to people living with dementia and their friends and families supporting them please click HERE