Local residents in Eastleigh have been lending their voice to show support for Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place 19-25 May.
To raise awareness of dementia, the Alzheimer's Society in Eastleigh held a special ‘Singing for the Brain’ group at the Eastleigh market, with local MP Mike Thornton and local residents joining in with the sing-along (pictured).
‘Singing for the Brain’ is a regular service provided by the local Alzheimer's Society. It provides people with dementia, along with their carers, a chance to express themselves, socialise, and build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain. Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music is especially easy to recall.
During the event, the society’s dementia support workers were on hand to chat to people, offering advice and information about dementia.
Figures released earlier this year show that only 45% of people living with dementia in Hampshire have received a formal diagnosis. This means over half of those with the condition, over 10,500 in the county, are missing out on treatment and support which could help them and those who care for them.
Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton said, “This kind of event is vital to raising awareness of dementia and the help that’s out there for those living with the condition, their carers and families. I know what a terrific job the Alzheimer’s Society do locally in providing support and education on this."
"Many of us are personally affected by dementia in some way, and I'd urge local people to talk about dementia. If you are at all worried then talk to your partner, your family or your GP. Worrying will not help, but talking might."
Support Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society Southampton and Eastleigh, Lynda Taylor, said, "Our weekly Singing for the Brain sessions have been really successful, and it’s been great to bring the singing to the streets of Eastleigh with our group and Mike. The sessions play a positive part in helping those with dementia, their carers, and families."
"This Dementia Awareness Week encourages people to talk about the condition, helping to break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and preventing people suffering in silence. The local Alzheimer Society team are here to help, and anyone who wants more information or is worried can drop in to have a chat with one of our support workers."
- More information on Dementia Awareness Week can be found at www.alzheimers.org.uk/talkdementia (link here)
- The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases – Alzheimer’s disease is one cause of dementia, but it can also have other causes. See here for more information.
- The local ‘singing for the brain’ group for people with dementia and their carers runs every Tuesday morning from Centenary Hall, 40 Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh SO50 5JH
Alzheimer’s Society Southampton & Eastleigh Local Service Office
Tel: 02380 610 159