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Teatime! Elderly people brew up to raise dementia awareness - Cirencester

Tea, cake and conversation were in full flow among elderly residents in Cirencester, who took a tea break from their daily routine to help support National Dementia Awareness Week.

The residents of sheltered accommodation at Countess Lilias Road joined in the tea party to help raise awareness for the condition and also took part in a raffle to boost funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, which runs the awareness week. The theme for the week is talking, so what better way to talk than over a cup of tea.

The tea party and raffle where sponsored by Gloucestershire homecare provider DoCare, and its Cirencester Area Manager Kerry-Ann Lees – who is also the current National Dementia Carer of the Year – was at the event to join in the fun.

“At DoCare we’re passionate about dementia awareness and invest in specialist training for our staff to help them care for our clients who have dementia,” said Kerry-Ann. “We know from our experience how important it is to diagnose dementia as early as possible, so Dementia Awareness Week is an excellent way of highlighting this condition.”

DoCare offers a free assessment for all elderly people in Gloucestershire, who are concerned about their memory. Carried out on an iPad in people’s homes, it takes the form of a game and can flag up potential problems with memory.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “‘The theme this Dementia Awareness Week is talking. We are encouraging everyone to have a conversation about dementia and find out more. It is not just about preparing us all for a condition that is on the rise and currently incurable. It is about banishing the stigma surrounding dementia that is causing so many people to struggle in silence.”