The Council supports Dementia Action Week with a range of activities – www.watford.gov.uk

From May 16-22, Watford Borough Council, with partner Home Place Watford, will join businesses and organizations across the UK in supporting National Dementia Action Week.

This year’s theme is ‘Taking Action on Dementia’ – encouraging those who are concerned that they or a loved one are showing signs of dementia to seek help and advice. Raising awareness of the condition among businesses and residents also remains a key objective of the campaign.

As part of Watford Borough Council’s ongoing commitment to making Watford a ‘dementia friendly city’, there will be special events, activities and fundraisers aimed at supporting people with dementia with dementia, their caregivers, loved ones and those who want to know more about the condition.

On Monday May 16, alongside our partners at the Alzheimer Society, the week will kick off with Dementia Friends training sessions at the Watford Leisure Center (Central) from 3-5pm. During this free interactive informational seminar, attendees will learn how dementia affects a person and what you can do to make a difference for people with dementia in your community. For further information please contact Councilor Jenny Pattison on 07515468580.

CathARTic, along with Herts Musical Memories and New Connections, will host a “Create and Celebrate” arts and crafts session at the Watford Museum on Tuesday, May 17, allowing attendees to unwind by using art as a way to show their creativity and their expression.

On Thursday 19th May there will be a ‘Dementia Day’ at the event space near the Parade at the top of the main street:

  • Virtual reality dementia bus will invite people to hop on board to experience what it’s like to live with the disease
  • From 11 a.m., BEEE Creative will present its Dance Re:Ignite Tour
  • From 1:30 p.m., musician Jonathan Stevens will perform
  • From 3 to 4 hours, personal trainer Sam Torabi, recipient of the 2020 Mayor’s Award, will lead a fitness session that people of all levels can enjoy
  • Dementia support groups will also be on hand to offer support and information about living with dementia

Elected mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “We are passionate about ensuring that Watford is a dementia-friendly city all year round, and we strive not only to support those living with the disease, but also to educating others on how they can support their community. This year’s theme is very important, as many believe that symptoms of dementia are just symptoms of aging, but if you are worried about yourself or a loved one, you should act on those worries and concerns. and get checked out.

Councilor Jennifer Pattison said: “Watford City Council is committed to making Watford a dementia friendly city. With our partners, Home Place Watford and CathARTic, it is wonderful to be able to educate all Watford residents about the impact of a dementia diagnosis in hopes of increasing levels of understanding of what it is like to living well with dementia. .”

Click here for more information on Dementia Action Week events.


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Richard V. Johnson