Dementia Action Week 2019: Shining a light on the people behind dementia

From tweets to tombola, everyone at Hertfordshire Independent Living Service has been celebrating the annual Dementia Action Week campaign, which took place between May 20th and 26th.

Every year, HILS and partners celebrate the incredible lives of our clients who are living with dementia, as well as the families, friends and loved ones who look after them. Dementia is believed to affect around one in every 14 people over the age of 65 and can take a variety of forms that impair an individual’s memory and cognitive function. But despite living with this condition, Dementia Action Week aims to show that people can still lead empowering and fulfilling lives.

This year, our Hertswise team organised a fantastic Spring Fete, attended by over 60 people. Highlights included a tea party, live music, a raffle and tombola, and classic fairground games – such as the timeless ‘hook-a-duck’ and coconut shy. Attendees also had the opportunity to try out the unusual sport of ‘welly wanging’, which involves throwing a rubber boot as far as possible.

To view pictures from the day’s festivities, head over to our Facebook page here.

Our dementia fun club members were also getting in on the action with reminiscence sessions about their schooldays. Last year, we joined them for one of these sessions at the Kingfisher Club, and you can read about their memories in our magazine.

‘My favourite memory of school was playing football’, said Alf. ‘I was taken to play football at Kent school for boys.’

‘I used to enjoy French, but that’s just because I used to fancy the teacher’, Jenny added.

HILS also got busy on social media. In addition to supporting the Alzheimer’s Society’s #askusanything initiative, HILS shared an interview with a member of our Nutrition Team, Karen, and her mother, Joyce, who has been living with dementia for nearly two years.

‘My mum often says: I bet you wish you could just get on with your life and not have to look after me’ said Karen. ‘But I always reply: this is my life, you looked after me, now it’s my turn to take care of you, this is our life – together, as it should be!”

To hear more about Joyce’s time as the landlady of a busy pub in London (and about Karen’s childhood with a pudding basin haircut), simply click the play button below.

To find out more about our dementia support services, or about the positive impacts these have had on our clients and their loved ones, simply click the links or give our friendly support teams a call on 0330 2000 103.