Dementia Action Week 2018

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Dementia

Dementia can have a huge impact on the lives of people living with dementia and also their close family, friends and carers.

We want to make Wigan Borough as Dementia Friendly as possible to ensure people living with dementia can live fulfilled and independent lives.

From Monday the 21st to Sunday the 27th of May there will be lots of activities taking place throughout the week to get involved with, from Dementia Friendly Dog Walks to Dementia Friendly Swimming sessions.

Professor Kate Ardern, Wigan Council’s director for public health, said: “That little bit of support can have such a positive impact on the lives of people living with dementia and can also help relieve that bit of pressure off their carers.

“Unlike other types of dementia, vascular dementia is potentially preventable. Making simple changes to your lifestyle, for example reducing or stopping drinking and smoking, can make the world of difference.

“In essence, what’s good for your heart is also good for your head. I’d encourage everyone to take up the NHS health check when invited to access a range of fantastic health improvement services and physical activities through Healthy Routes and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles.“I am so pleased that there are so many positive activities happening across the borough not just in Dementia Action Week but also throughout the rest of the year.

“With the wide range of activities, I hope everyone can find something for them to enjoy.”

Wigan Borough recently passed 10,000 Dementia Friends, who are dedicating time to help and support people who have a diagnosis of Dementia.

If you are a carer for someone who has dementia and worry they might go missing, why not sign up to the Herbert protocol as your action for Dementia Action Week? This is a national scheme which is being introduced locally by Greater Manchester Police and other agencies to encourage carers and family members to compile useful key information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

To view the full list of activities please visit www.wigan.gov.uk and search ‘Dementia’.