Residents of Uckfield and surrounding areas are invited to celebrate Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week (Sunday 17th May – Saturday 23rd May) at an information day.

On Saturday 23rd May, the charity has organised a day full of stalls and information, as well as two Dementia Friends sessions, at Victoria Pavilion in Uckfield, from 10.30am to 4pm.

The 45-minute, interactive Dementia Friends sessions will take place at 11am and 2pm.

The day, in conjunction with Sussex Support Service, forms part of Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship awareness-raising campaign, which this year is encouraging people across the country to ‘do something new’. This is because Alzheimer’s Society believes life doesn’t have to end when dementia begins, and new experiences can still bring joy to a person’s life, even as memories fade.

Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by Alzheimer’s Society. It is a trailblazing initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

Sarah Burchett, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Manager in East Sussex and the organiser of the event, said:

‘Dementia Friends is about giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia. This Dementia Awareness Week is the perfect time to “do something new” and take part in a Dementia Friends session and to pop along to our information day.’

For more information on this Dementia Friends session, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk or to find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society services in East Sussex call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email us at helpline@alzheimers.org.uk. For more information about Alzheimer’s Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk