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See how Suffolk marked Dementia Awareness Week

PUBLISHED: 16:06 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:13 19 May 2017

Evelyn Brown and Val Lawrence hdiscover they used to live next door to each other during the Friday Friends group.

Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

Evelyn Brown and Val Lawrence hdiscover they used to live next door to each other during the Friday Friends group. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

Around 12,000 people in Suffolk are currently living with dementia, and that figure is expected to quadruple in the coming years.

People gather for the launch of 'Reliving the Moment' at Quay Place in Ipswich for Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: GREGG BROWNPeople gather for the launch of 'Reliving the Moment' at Quay Place in Ipswich for Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: GREGG BROWN

According to a new study, an estimated 219,409 people in England and Wales will die from the condition by 2040, compared to 59,199 in 2014.

To mark Dementia Awareness Week (May 14-20), organisations in Suffolk have laid on a host of activities to get people talking about the illness and what can be done to help those affected.

The week kicked off with a trip to the seaside organised by the East of England Co-op, in partnership with the Ipswich and Felixstowe Dementia Action Alliances. The Ipswich Transport Museum provided a 1940s double decker bus to take people living with dementia and their carers to Felixstowe for some time at the beach followed by afternoon tea at The Orwell Hotel.

Ipswich Hospital held a meeting on Wednesday where Dr Jane Shoote, care of the elderly consultant, and dementia specialist nurse Kerry Day were on hand to answer questions and share information.

Suffolk charity ActivLives took the opportunity to launch a number of new initiatives in Ipswich to benefit dementia patients, whose symptoms can include memory loss, hallucinations and changes in personality.

On Thursday, councillor Roger Fern, who is part of a drive to make Ipswich a ‘dementia friendly’ town, cut the ribbon at the charity’s new Garden for Older People as part of its ActivGardens project.

The space at Chantry Walled Garden is especially designed to enable people who may rely on the use of a wheelchair or those with a life-limiting condition, such as dementia, to make friends and share their skills and ideas.

The charity also teamed up with the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust to open a new community cafe called Friday Friends.

People gather for the launch of 'Reliving the Moment' at Quay Place in Ipswich for Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: GREGG BROWNPeople gather for the launch of 'Reliving the Moment' at Quay Place in Ipswich for Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Weekly sessions will run from Whitehouse Baptist Church for people living with dementia and their families and carers. It involves refreshments, a two-course lunch and activities.

A week-long initiative called ‘Reliving the Moment’ was held at Quay Place in Ipswich to help people diagnosed with dementia to reconnect with their past. Organised by David Jay of Alpha Film, it included poetry, singing, film, sports and exhibitions.

Activities were put on by Age UK Suffolk, Suffolk Artlink, ActivLives, Suffolk Mind, East of England Co-op, Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Friends, Sue Ryder, Dementia Together, Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance, Music Mirrors, Suffolk Museums – Open the Doors.

ActivLives opens a 'Garden for Older People' in the Chantry Walled Garden, Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNActivLives opens a 'Garden for Older People' in the Chantry Walled Garden, Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Garden designer Louisa Van Der Berg at the 'Garden for Older People' in the Chantry Walled Garden, Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGarden designer Louisa Van Der Berg at the 'Garden for Older People' in the Chantry Walled Garden, Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Tony Farthing in the 'Garden for Older People'. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTony Farthing in the 'Garden for Older People'. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

(L-R) Lesley Hartley, Richard Worman, David Sheedy, Danny Thorrington, Leslie Gloss,Trevor Collyer, Lynda Dye at the 'Garden for Older People'. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN(L-R) Lesley Hartley, Richard Worman, David Sheedy, Danny Thorrington, Leslie Gloss,Trevor Collyer, Lynda Dye at the 'Garden for Older People'. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

Susannah Robirosa with Cllr Roger Fern at the new garden space. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWNSusannah Robirosa with Cllr Roger Fern at the new garden space. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

Brian Lockwood at the launch of the Friday Friends cafe at Whitehouse Baptist Church. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWNBrian Lockwood at the launch of the Friday Friends cafe at Whitehouse Baptist Church. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

Jean Bolt with her mum Brenda Avery at the new dementia cafe in Ipswich. 
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJean Bolt with her mum Brenda Avery at the new dementia cafe in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Volunteers Betty Howes and Maureen Clark help at the launch of Friday Friends during Dementia Awareness Week.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNVolunteers Betty Howes and Maureen Clark help at the launch of Friday Friends during Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Everyone gathers to cut the celebration cake at the new Friday Friends cafe. 
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNEveryone gathers to cut the celebration cake at the new Friday Friends cafe. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

New Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber does the honours of cutting the cake for the Friday Friends group. 
Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWNNew Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber does the honours of cutting the cake for the Friday Friends group. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

Visitors enjoyed cake at the launch of the Friday Friends cafe at Whitehouse Baptist Church. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNVisitors enjoyed cake at the launch of the Friday Friends cafe at Whitehouse Baptist Church. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dementia patients and their carers take a trip to Felixstowe during Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: JAMES FLETCHERDementia patients and their carers take a trip to Felixstowe during Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: JAMES FLETCHER

Dementia patients and their carers take a trip to Felixstowe during Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: JAMES FLETCHERDementia patients and their carers take a trip to Felixstowe during Dementia Awareness Week. Picture: JAMES FLETCHER


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