Previously known as Dementia Awareness Week, in 2018 it was changed to Dementia Action Week in order to recognise the fact that, while raising awareness of issues surrounding dementia is important, more action is vital in order to create the changes in communities that people with dementia and their carers want and need; this year Dementia Action Week will take place
between the 20th - 26th May. The goal of Dementia Action Week is to encourage people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly UK where those with dementia do not feel excluded. There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia, and it does not just affect the elderly; 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 have early onset dementia. It is believed that by 2051 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to 2 million. During Dementia Action Week, everyone will be encouraged to undertake actions, whether large or small, to help make everyday life better for those with dementia. Across the UK a range of fundraising events from sports challenges to
bake-offs and quizzes will also be taking place.
Brecon Little Theatre in partnership with Theatr Brycheiniog present its own take on A Midsummer Night's Dream - a relaxed performance on Friday 31st May at 7.00pm - Tickets £10 available from Theatr Brycheiniog - www.brycheiniog.co.uk - Tel No 01874 611622.
Brecon Library’s friendly Knit and Natter Group runs every Thursday in the Library from 11.00am until 12 noon.
A celebration of World Book Day with a special storytime exclusively for grown-ups, exploring memories through storytelling.
Drums for All - Dementia Friendly Music Making at Theatr Brycheiniog, fortnightly Monday's 10.30 - 11.30am.
As part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge, three Brecon High School students, David Penn, Keegan Williams and Prashant Rana undertook some fundraising activities to raise money for the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community.Read more
Morrisons in Brecon is striving to become a Dementia Friendly business and, as part of its commitment, has introduced two ‘Relaxed Shopping’ sessions each week aimed at giving people living with Dementia, their Carers, and others with additional needs, a more positive shopping experience.
The sessions will be held on Mondays between 9am and 12 noon and on Saturdays from 9 to 10am. For the duration of these sessions, lights will be lower, there will be no tannoy announcements or music played, and there will be a dedicated checkout for the use of those who may need extra time, help and support.
During the coming weeks Dementia Awareness Sessions will be delivered to Morrisons staff so that people living with Dementia and their carers can be confident that shopping in-store will be a positive experience, where they will be assisted by Dementia Friends who have made a commitment to taking positive action in order to offer real, positive and informed support.
The Brecon Area DFC, in cooperation with Freedom Leisure and Brecon College, are offering Dementia Friendly FUN Activity Sessions, which are open to people living with dementia and their carers. A range of activities will be available to suit all abilities and, for the second part of the session, the carers will be free to enjoy a swim or some other activity safe in the knowledge that their loved ones are enjoying themselves in a safe, caring environment.