Unite against dementia – and have fun

This story was published 5 September 2017

Scarborough Alzheimer’s Society and Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance are to hold a memory walk to raise awareness of dementia.

The Unite Against Dementia Memory Walk will take place on Sunday, 17 September

Dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms that may include, but not be limited to, memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language and mood or behaviour changes. It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.

There are more than 200 types of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, said: “Dementia is still an illness that may people are worried to talk about, so we are working to change this and make people aware of what living with dementia really means and what can be done to help people affected by the disease.

“Locally, this has seen various organisations across North Yorkshire working together to produce a dementia strategy called Bring Me Sunshine, increasing dementia awareness through supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative and creating dementia-friendly communities through local dementia action alliances like this one in Scarborough.

“The County Council is also committed to providing practical support to people living with dementia and their families and carers, and it funds a range of dementia services across the county, including those provided by Making Space and Dementia Forward.”

The Unite Against Dementia Memory Walk will take place on Sunday, 17 September at 1.30pm in Peasholm Park, Scarborough. The route will be around the park and the glen and is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers.

The aim is for the walk to be completed at a leisurely pace with refreshments available half way and at the finish line. It will be family-orientated with points of interest throughout the park. Children and dog walkers are welcome to take part providing dogs are kept on a lead. The walk is 1.71 miles (2.75km). The dress code and theme for the day is blue.

Admission for the walk is £3 and is optional for people who have collected sponsorship money. To request a sponsorship pack or to find out more about the walk, the Dementia Friends initiative, or dementia friendly communities, contact Louise Morgan of the Alzheimer’s Society at louise.morgan@alzheimers.org.uk or call 01723 500958.