Dementia Action Week 2021 17-23 May

Dementia Action Week 17-23 May 2021 

Lymington Dementia Action Group round up of some of the support available locally 

Please refer to this "Dementia Directory" - a checklist of useful contacts for the Lymington and New Forest area. We put this together some time ago but much of it will still be up to date.

Dementia Action Week is a national week of action to improve the lives of those with dementia  

Dementia action week banner with placards

The goal of Dementia Action Week is to encourage people to do more than just be dementia aware. Everybody is being asked to take tangible “action” to improve the lives of those affected by dementia, with the ultimate aim to create a dementia-friendly UK in which people with dementia do not feel excluded.

This year especially, Dementia Action Week is about taking action to improve the social care systemCoronavirus has exposed the fact that families facing dementia have been failed by a social care system that is inadequate, hard to access, costly and unfair. People with dementia have been worst hit by the pandemic, accounting for a quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the UK.

There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia - for which there is still no cure.  This does not just affect the elderly:  40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 suffer from early-onset dementia. It is believed that by 2051 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to 2 million (stats from Alzheimer’s Society).

If you want to understand more about the different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is by far the most common, this article on the Alzheimer's Society website will help.

Awful loneliness and isolation can descend not only on the person with dementia but also on the “carer” – think of the long term husband or wife who is effectively losing the company of his or her partner and at the same time losing their friends who don’t know what to say or do... so they kind of disappear.  Think of the previously happy social life, like the regular bridge sessions, gone - they have to leave as the person with dementia becomes increasingly confused. The kind company of others can become something desperately wished for.

Whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.  And there are activities and other actions which can help.

Oakhaven Wellbeing course for people with early stage dementiahelping people live well with dementia

Hot off the press, this is exciting news of a 14 week course for people with early stage dementia,starting on Tuesday 6th July.

It will be run at the Coates Centre by Memory Works  (click link to their website)
We shall bring more information on this in due course but meanwhile, if you'd like to know more now please contact Memory Works via their website or call Elena on 07590 503210.

Art Dementia New Forest - group re-starting in September at Milford, and to be confirmed in Lymington 

Annabel Collenette reports that she will be restarting her art group in Milford on Monday 6th September all being well. She hopes to start again in Lymington too.

For further information regarding the Art Groups contact Annabel Collenette on 01590 679838 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. for Milford and Lymington.

Contact Gilda Newsham on 01425 473777 for Ringwood. All places have to be booked; Art Dementia New Forest is a Registered Charity No 1178609.

Dementia Friendly Hampshire - online sessions throughout Dementia Action Week

Couple looking at each other with one on a swing

Jane Ward of Dementia Friendly Hampshire reports: "As part of Dementia Action Week next week I would normally be found out and about in various parts of the county with my banner and a bag full of leaflets trying to connect with as many people affected by dementia as possible to help link with information and support, to chat about what they feel would make the best dementia friendly community for them and what we are doing to change things. Obviously this is still not really possible, even though we can go out more and even more venues will open up next week, it would be irresponsible to encourage the extra contact a normal Action Week would involve, so I am attempting to move these sessions online. I have set up several zoom sessions throughout the week where I will be online for an hour and anyone can join me for a chat in much the same way they could if they met me at the local shopping mall. There is no need to book, and I will not collect any personal data. If they wish to join without video that is fine too.

The sessions are listed below with the links. I would be grateful if you could share these with anyone who may be interested in dropping in for a chat.

Dementia Action Week Drop-in session

Tuesday, May 1812:30 – 1:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 812 6876 2987
Passcode: 866981

Dementia Action Week Drop-in session 2

Thursday, May 203:30 – 4:30pm



Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83674086405?pwd=bnRvY1NGSlBDTnVRdlNEaytMbEhtdz09 Meeting ID: 836 7408 6405 Passcode: 881515

Dementia Action Week Drop-in session 3

Friday, May 2111:30am – 12:30pm



Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87587693350?pwd=WUtzY3N2V2N0TmNqNkFJYVBpVXkzQT09 Meeting ID: 875 8769 3350 Passcode: 007850


MHA (Methodist Homes Association) Communities New Forest 

This award-winning charity helps improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across the UK every day. As the only national care provider to offer connected care and support through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups, our organisation is a leading light in later life care.

Katie Rickman of MHA says:

We are celebrating this year’s Dementia Awareness week with an Open Day at the Ringwood Community Allotment on Wednesday 19th May. 

Bookings can be made via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning Sue or Valerie on 07593 299405

MHA Communities New Forest www.mha.org.uk
Tel: 01425 476142
Mobile: 07483 112138




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