Help is at hand for people living with dementia and memory loss issues.
East Hampshire District Council and Petersfield Dementia Friends are hosting a new event aimed at clearing the cloud that can hang over those with dementia sufferers and the people who look after them.
Dementia is a growing problem with more and more people being diagnosed, adding to the 1,600 people in East Hampshire with the condition. Already one in six people over the age of 80 are living with dementia and an increasing number of younger people are being diagnosed.
The event, set for Friday 24 May, will highlight the broad range of support, advice and services that are available to people with dementia.
Janie Millerchip, Senior Community Health and Wellbeing Officer at East Hampshire District Council, said: “It is possible to live well with dementia and it doesn’t mean that your normal life has to stop.
“If you take steps early and plan ahead for your future you can continue to live comfortably and happily for longer, it also makes things easier for those around you.
“Our event is perfect for anyone that has recently been diagnosed with dementia and is unsure where to go now. If you look after a family member or friend who is experiencing memory loss issues or has been diagnosed with dementia, come along and find out what help there is for you out there.
“With dementia, the sooner you respond the better it is.”
The festival will be held in Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, and include stalls, experts, charities, presentations and more.
Jeff Williams, Dementia Friends Champion, said: “When you hear that dementia diagnosis it can be daunting and bewildering. You don’t know what to do or where to go for help. But there is lots of support out there for people and lots of things you can do to maintain the quality of life for someone with dementia.
“This is festival will put all that valuable help in one room and I would urge anyone touched by dementia to come along and discover it for themselves.”
Run from 10am-3.30pm the event will feature:
- Stalls from up to 30 East Hampshire groups, charities and support agencies that work with those with dementia
- Free legal advice from Macdonald Oates Solicitors
- The Princess Royal Trust for Carers will explain how it can help someone with dementia
- Hampshire Fire and rescue will show to keep safe and well and offer simple safety tips
- Winton House will run a Memory Café – a musical activity designed for people with dementia
- A vintage tea room for refreshments
For more information on the festival contact Janie Millerchip, Senior Community Health and Wellbeing Officer at East Hampshire District Council, on 01730 234097 or Janie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Williams, Dementia Friends Champion, on 07849 195702.