How dementia friendly is Salisbury?

How dementia friendly is Salisbury?

An event in Salisbury’s Guildhall on Tuesday Feb 27th aims to give a resounding YES to the question of how supportive Salisbury is to people living with dementia and their carers.

Almost 20 organisations, including the Cathedral, the Museum, Age UK, Carers Support Wiltshire, Alzheimers Support, the Alzheimers Society, the Police service, Laverstock Memory Group and many others will be providing information and advice. Tesco’s Community Programme will be providing free tea and coffee and local musicians the Salisbury Pluckers will entertain. The Music for the Mind Group from Harnham will share the fun of one of their sessions with everyone.

The event kicks off with Lady Marland, Wiltshire’s High Sheriff, opening it at 10 o’clock in the Banqueting Hall. As well as the stalls there is a series of sessions ranging from Seated Zumba with Kirstie, an explanation of Lasting Power of Attorney by Elizabeth Webbe of Trethowans, and a report from the Laverstock Memory Group of the findings of local people living with dementia who have been visiting services in the City to find out just how Dementia Friendly they are. The morning ends at 12.30 with a Tai Chi session provided by Salisbury Medical Practice.

There will also be a taster of the Celebrating Age arts programme for older people that is to run in the City with a monthly arts based event for 10 months of the year, starting with a tea dance with a difference, with lively Irish musicians in Salisbury Methodist Church at 2 pm to 4 that same afternoon.

“Everyone is invited” says event organiser Anne Trevett. “People living with dementia and their carers of course, but also anyone wanting to find out how they can help customers, friends and neighbours on the dementia journey to continue to live a full life for as long as is possible. There is much more on offer in Salisbury than most people realise – come and see!”

For more information, contact Anne Trevett, Secretary Safer and Supportive Salisbury Group, 01722 326261/0792-940-1986

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