Portsmouth service celebrates Dementia Awareness Week

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STAFF from a dementia charity will be holding events for Dementia Awareness Week, which starts today.

Remind, Portsmouth’s dementia service, is celebrating the week with a variety of activities for service users and the public.

From a tea dance at Gunwharf Quays to an information hub at Queen Alexandra Hospital, the Remind team will be working to raise awareness and understanding of dementia.

Sarita Chavda, service manager, said: ‘For the Remind service, Dementia Awareness Week is an important time to increase understanding of dementia and combat stigma and discrimination.

‘People can live well with dementia despite the challenges, and we are working to help Portsmouth become a dementia friendly city.’

Remind is helping to make Portsmouth a dementia friendly city.

It is also working to create a Local Dementia Action Alliance – a network of organisations, businesses and community members who want to improve the lives of people affected by the condition.

Olivia Marsh, commissioning project manager for Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘With dementia diagnosis figures in Portsmouth predicted to rise by two thirds by 2030, it is vital that awareness is raised of the services available.

‘Dementia awareness week is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of it and the work happening across Portsmouth.

For more details email Remind@solentmind.org.uk.