Dementia Action Week

This year, Dementia Action Week will take place between 21-27 May.

Dementia is an increasingly emergent issue within our society, affecting people everywhere. How may we best respond as communities? What support exists locally for people living with dementia and their carers? How can an individual helpfully get involved?

Whatever your connection with dementia, or whether you just want to know more, we would like to invite you to the events shown below.

Dean’s Discussion: I think therefore I am?
Monday 21 May, 19.00
Leicester Cathedral

Join us to explore our understandings of dementia, personhood and how to respond, drawing on the experience of professionals with direct personal experience. All are welcome – whether you are living with dementia, have some other connection or want to explore the topic in greater depth.

Free, but book via Eventbrite here.

Singing for the Brain
Tuesday 22 May, 14.00 – 16.00
Leicester Cathedral

Brains are good at recalling music and song, even when other memory functions are difficult. Singing for the Brain is a structured approach enabling people living with dementia not only to enjoy themselves and socialise but, quite literally, to find their voice. This event is open to all, but a particular welcome is extended to musicians and others who could see opportunities for development within their communities.

Free, but book via Eventbrite here.

Dementia Friends Training
Thursday 24 May, 10.30 – 12.00 or 14.00 – 15.30
St Martins House

Open to any who wish to learn how to engage positively with people living with Dementia, and therefore to become Dementia Friends within their local community. A good starting point, facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Free, but book via Eventbrite here.

Held and Loved: Together with God – a life-affirming dementia-friendly service
Sunday 27 May, 15.00
Leicester Cathedral

Like Songs of Praise, with familiar music and prayers and followed by tea and cakes. Open to everyone – particularly welcome are people living with dementia, carers, families and community members.

Booking not required.

Displays, information and advice
Monday 21 May – Friday 25 May
Leicester Cathedral

With an extensive display and supporting materials, the Alzheimer’s Society will be present all week during Cathedral opening hours, ready to answer questions and signpost to resources.

What next – further steps?

Hospitality lies at the heart of the Christian faith. How can we as communities best respond, both in terms of continuing to welcome and involve people with dementia, and also in supporting them and those around them? We can offer localised training, both to enable groups to grow in dementia awareness, but also to move to the next stage where individuals become Dementia Champions and Churches seek Dementia Friendly Church status. For further information please contact the Diocesan Dementia Action Group via emailing Canon Alison Adams.

All events are free. If you have any queries please contact the Cathedral office via the details below.
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