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Event in Gravesend aims to raise awareness of dementia

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 May 2014

An event is aiming to help people become more aware of dementia.

“Adventure into Dementia” is taking place at the Gravesend Rugby Football Club, Rectory Field, from 10am-3pm on May 21.

It ties in with Dementia Awareness Week and is designed to help families, local businesses and communities affected by dementia.

There will be activities, presentations, a cake baking competition and refreshments.

Kent County Council (KCC) is encouraging people to give up an hour of their time to attend a “Dementia Friendly Awareness Session” in their area and learn how they can support the people in their community who are living with dementia.

Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “We at KCC are determined to make our county dementia friendly and this means improving understanding, removing stigma and making sure we support people with the right advice and services so they can live well with dementia.

“Dementia is not just about memory loss; dementia can change the way that people experience the world around them and this means they sometimes need a helping hand. This is where you come in. We are inviting as many people in Kent as possible to become a Dementia Friend. We are running Dementia Awareness sessions all this week, which is a chance for you to find out more about dementia and the small things you can do to make a difference to people in your community living with dementia.”

To book a place in the event call 01474 53 39 90. For more information visit kent.gov.uk/dementia or email silk.team@kent.gov.uk to find out about a local session.

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