Events across Isle of Man for Dementia Awareness Week

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A series of events are being held across the island in support of Dementia Awareness Week.

Running from Monday to Sunday, the theme of the British Isles-wide campaign for 2014 is ‘Don’t bottle it up’.

Events in Ramsey will be launched at the Town Hall on Monday at 11am by Ramsey Grammar School students.

They will be performing the Friends of Dementia Campaign song ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ that features a host of famous names including Lily Allen and Chris Martin.

A community dementia talk then takes place there from 2pm to 3pm.

Meanwhile, there will be an open morning at Castletown Civic Centre, from 10am to midday, to display information about dementia and the Older Persons Mental Health Service.

The following day, Adam Davies will host a Social Security advice drop-in, from 10am to midday at Ramsey Town Hall.

There is a chance to find out more about dementia with a talk at Cooil-ny-Marrey housing complex in Waterloo Road, Ramsey, from 2pm to 3pm.

While Age Isle of Man chief executive George Quayle will be giving information and advice on the support the charity can offer at Ramsey Town Hall on Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm.

A tea dance takes place at the Masonic Hall, in Douglas, on Thursday, from 2.30pm.

People from the island’s four Decaf groups, run by social workers and mental health professionals for people with dementia and their carers, will be attending along with residents from some of the island’s residential homes.

For tickets for this event call 642879.

Meanwhile drop-in sessions will take place at Castletown Methodist Church hall and there will be training for carers from 2pm to 5pm.

On Friday, there will be a chance to find out more about support with self care and Crossroads Care at Ramsey Town Hall.

During the week students from both Ramsey Grammar School and Castle Rushen High School students will learn more about dementia with talks from staff in the Older Persons Mental Health Service.

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.

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