Solihull residents are being encouraged to ‘get talking’ about dementia, an illness which affects almost 3000 people in the borough.
This week has been Dementia Awareness Week and the Alzheimer’s Society has been working to raise awareness of the condition by holding a number of information events, including one at Solihull Library today (Friday), from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Elaine Scriven, from Chelmsley Wood, spoke of her own experiences.
“My mum was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia 12 months ago and it has been very difficult for the both of us to come to term with things,” she said.
“What has really helped is talking with the staff at Alzheimer’s Society, who have been really good with explaining things to me.
“On a good day me and my mum are able to talk to each other and she asks me questions which I believe helps her understand her situation a bit better.”
There are currently 2,937 people living with dementia in Solihull, although many have yet to be diagnosed.
Berni Blackledge, Alzheimer’s Society support services manager for Birmingham and Solihull, said: “As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia. The more we know about the condition, the more prepared we’ll be to face it.”
Alzheimer’s Society Birmingham and Solihull has a range of services which support people with dementia and their carers. These include Dementia Cafés, Singing for the Brain and dementia support. For details about services provided by the charity in the local area, contact Emma Godwin on 0121 700 7363 or email email@example.com.