Daybreak is taking part in Dementia Action Week, and with our partners, Midcounties Co-op, we aim to turn Kidlington blue in support of people living with dementia. We are holding two coffee mornings to provide information on how the services we provide can support people to live well with dementia and also to raise funds to help with our running costs. Our partners at the three Kidlington Midcounties Co-op stores will also be getting involved with collections and handing out information.
Dementia touches the lives of most of us. There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and approximately 9,000 people with a dementia diagnosis in Oxfordshire. Daybreak seeks to provide a caring and stimulating environment at our three day centres across Oxfordshire, including the Daybreak Lilacs Club in Kidlington, and also give support to family members. We aim to raise awareness of the many challenges faced by people living with dementia. Dementia is not one condition, but a range of symptoms which can vary considerably in each person. Our day centres provide daily cognitive stimulation therapies which have been shown to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and help them to maintain their skills for as long as possible.
How can you help someone during Dementia Action Week?
In Dementia Action Week we can all help to increase awareness of dementia and bring a better understanding of the challenges faced by people living with the condition, to help people continue to enjoy their lives and the activities that have always brought them pleasure. We can also help family carers who often find that their own health suffers as a result of their caring responsibilities. We can all contribute by making society more dementia friendly in our shops, workplaces, leisure facilities, public buildings and public events. Make sure you think about how you can help to make someone you know who is living with dementia feel more valued and supported during Dementia Action Week, and if you can, give some time to help family carers with some respite from their caring responsibilities.
Daybreak will also be attending a Dementia Information Event on Monday, 20th May at Guideposts on 33 High Street in Witney, as part of Turn Witney Blue for Dementia, with an information stand about the services which Daybreak provides across Oxfordshire.
‘Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May 2019) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.’ www.alzheimers.org.uk
For more information, check our website www.daybreak-oxford.org.uk and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or come along to one of our coffee mornings:
Marlborough House, High Street, Kidlington, OX5 2DN
Tuesday 21st May
9:30 – 12 noon
Stratfield Brake Sports Ground, Frieze Way, Kidlington OX5 1UP
Friday 24th May
9:30am to 11:30am
With thanks to our partners at the Midcounties Co-operative