Dementia Action Week, in partnership with Woolwich Central library

Experience what dementia is like for yourself using virtual reality at Greenwich council’s free interactive event to mark Dementia Action Week, in partnership with Woolwich Central library.

Gain a greater understanding of dementia symptoms and the challenges they pose using a cardboard headset during the drop-in event on Thursday, May 24.

A screening of Oscar-winning film Still Alice and free tea, coffee and cake will also be on offer between 10am and 3pm.

Other attractions include the chance to try out a ToverTafel which projects fun games onto a table to stimulate physical and cognitive activity for people with dementia.

Attendees will also be able to listen to episodes of the Talking Life on Tour podcast, which explores the personal stories of people living with dementia and their loved ones.

People will also be able to find out more about the seven businesses and services across the borough which have received recognition for being dementia inclusive.

Simon Pearce, director of health and adult services, said: “Dementia affects much more than just your memory – planning, making decisions, concentration, spatial navigation and calculation are all made more difficult.

It’s hoped the interactive event will help residents gain a better understanding of the symptoms that people with dementia face, especially as about 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and it is estimated that one in 14 people over 65 will develop it.

“At least 42,000 people in the UK experience early-onset dementia, which starts before the age of 65, so we hope people of all ages will come along to find out what the symptoms are and what support is available.”

To find out more, call 020 8921 8533 or email:dementia@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Woolwich Centre library
May 24, free

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