NEXT WEEK all six councils in the Liverpool City Region are joining together for the first time to mark Dementia Action Week.
From 17-23 May, the local authorities from Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton will be offering an impressive range of mainly online activities as part of the annual national awareness week led by the Alzheimer’s Society.
This year’s theme is “cure the care system”, an issue that has been brought to the fore in the last year with people with dementia making up one in five Covid-related deaths. Increased isolation and disruption to key services have also impacted more heavily on people with the condition than any other group. Over 18,000 people in Liverpool City Region are living with dementia.
Local dementia organisations and businesses are joining the councils in offering free, open events via Facebook, Zoom and other digital platforms with sessions providing information on dementia, how to find help, family carer forums, music and fitness opportunities, talks on research and legal rights, special items on young onset dementia and more.
Jack Coutts, chair of Liverpool City Region Dementia Advisory Group, said: “For the first time the six councils are collaborating in promoting the week and this is a big step towards making the region a truly Dementia Friendly Community.
“There is something happening for everyone with any interest in dementia and we hope people will drop into the sessions to learn, get support and to enjoy.”