Dudley Council is holding drop-in and advice sessions this week as part of a national dementia awareness week.
Dementia Action Week (20-26 May 2019) is a week of action encouraging people to learn more about dementia to improve the lives of people living with the condition.
People can attend drop-in sessions at Brett Young Gateway, on Old Hawne Lane in Halesowen, on Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 May, between 10am and 3pm.
They will be able to have a friendly, informal chat, to find out more about dementia. They will also be able to hear about the wide range of support and services available locally to support people with dementia, as well as their family members, friends and carers. There will be free refreshments for anyone attending.
Dudley Council runs two dementia gateways – Brett Young Centre in Halesowen and The Crystal Gateway in Brierley Hill. They offer information and advice to support people diagnosed with dementia, their families and carers. They also offer preventative services along with respite and long-term support, which can include day sessions at the gateways.
The gateways also offer community outings for people with dementia and their carers. Activities include trips to Himley Hall and Mary Stevens Park, pub lunches, pub quizzes, tea dances and much more.
Martin Samuels, strategic director for people, said:
The Dementia Action Week drop-in sessions give people the chance to learn more about dementia, which touches so many of us now. They can also find out more information on the many services and groups that operate locally, and how they can access support here in Dudley borough.
Our gateway teams help hundreds of people with dementia as well as their carers and families as they face the daily challenges of living with the condition. A life with dementia can continue to be a rich and rewarding life.
If people would like to find out more about the dementia gateways and what support may be available for a loved one, they can contact 01384 816039.