Dementia Action Week is a national event that encourages people to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

One in three of us born in the UK today will go on to develop dementia in our lifetime, and there will be one million people living with dementia by 2025 making dementia care one of the greatest challenges facing our society.

We all have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about.

Knowsley is marking Dementia Action Week in a number of ways, and we invite community members and partners to get involved:

• Attend one of our Dementia Action Week activities (see details below)
• Help us develop the next Knowsley Dementia Strategy
• Cure the Care System (sign the petition)
• Sign up to attend a Dementia Awareness Session
• Send us a Patient Story highlighting people living well with dementia

Knowsley Dementia Week Events

Tues 18th May
9:30 – 11:30 Dementia Awareness Webinar
(Via Zoom) Sight and Mind/ One Knowsley Book your place by contacting Jacqueline King
Jacqueline.King@OneKnowsley.org (please book by Fri 7th May latest)

Weds 19th May
10:00 – 11:00 Information Session: Getting Your Point Across – Ask, Negotiate, Advocate
This session is for family carers of people living with dementia. It offers strategies, tips & hints to help you prepare for tricky conversations & get your point across effectively. Together In Dementia Everyday (TIDE) Please register in advance:
(click here)   You can also dial-in to this session by phone – contact 07704 168867 for details

Thurs 20th May
11:00 – 12:00 Expert Panel
Join this Zoom session to find out more and ask questions about Dementia support in Knowsley.
The panel will include members from NHS Commissioners, Alzheimer’s Society, Support Services, Clinicians, and those affected by dementia. Knowsley Dementia Partnership Board Please register in advance. You can also dial-in to this session by phone. Contact Mark Gill: Mark.Gill@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk  07566 789411

Fri 21st May Young Onset Dementia (LCR activity)
Four short one hour workshops throughout the day on Friday 21st May, starting at 10.30am with the last one at 6pm in the evening. They will include a couple of presentations and a short time for questions. Alzheimer’s Society.
Booking details to follow

Developing the next Knowsley Dementia Strategy
Knowsley Council is working with partners, businesses, and the local community to develop a strategy to make Knowsley a dementia friendly borough

We want to find out how people living with dementia are supported in Knowsley, what facilities or services they use, what helps them and what difficulties they experience. We would also like you to tell us what makes Knowsley a good place to live for people with dementia. This information will be vital when developing a dementia friendly strategy for Knowsley.

So, if you’re living with dementia or care for someone affected by the condition, please take a few minutes to complete the survey before Friday, 4 June. There’s also a survey for professionals supporting those affected by dementia.

Sign the petition
Right now, the broken social care system means that in the UK, nearly 1 million people with dementia, by far the majority of social care users, and their families are struggling to get the support and dignity of care that they deserve. You can sign the Alzheimer’s Society petition here.

Dementia Awareness Sessions
During these friendly and interactive sessions you’ll learn more about dementia, how it affects a person and what you can do to help people affected by dementia in your community. Big or small, every action counts!

Sessions lasts around 45 minutes and will be delivered via an online webinar or a livestream video. Register your interest and we’ll provide details of dates and times when sessions will be delivered.
David.Aspin@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk