Barnsley Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society will join forces during Dementia Action Week to provide vital information for anyone concerned about their memory, or that of a loved one.
The hospice, in Gawber, will open its doors for ‘conversation and cake’ on Tuesday, May 16 between 9:30am and 11:30am – and Dementia Advisers from Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to answer people’s questions.
Diane Hinchliffe, Local Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “This event has been organised to tie in with Dementia Action Week, which takes place from May 15 to 21.
“This year we are focusing on the importance of getting a timely diagnosis. This is because many people don’t recognise the early signs of dementia – and recent research shows that the biggest barrier stopping people seeking a diagnosis was thinking memory loss is a normal sign of ageing.
“Sadly, diagnosis rates have stagnated and haven’t improved across a period of more than two years, meaning tens of thousands of people are facing the realities of dementia alone, without access to the vital care and support a diagnosis can bring.”
Those attending the event will have the opportunity to learn more about the early signs and symptoms of dementia, how they can plan for the future if diagnosed, and the role the hospice can play in supporting them.
Hospice Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Ross Fletcher, said: “If you are worried about your memory, or that of someone close to you, this is an opportunity to have a safe and supported conversation with specialist teams who are here to support you.
“However, places are limited so we are asking anyone interested in coming along to contact Alzheimer’s Society on 01226 296301 to confirm their attendance.”
You can find more information on the services the hospice can provide for people living with life-limiting illnesses, and those close to them by visiting www.barnsleyhospice.org.
Support and more information about obtaining a diagnosis can also be accessed by visiting alzheimers.org.uk/memoryloss where you will find the charity’s online symptoms checklist, or by calling 0333 150 3456.