DEMENTIA Action Week finished on a high note in Tameside as renowned musicians concluded an effective campaign.
Organisers say the week was a great success in bringing people together and raising awareness.
The finale involved Manchester Camerata in a community performance at Stamford Park’s Pavilion Café in Stalybridge.
Musicians from the orchestra worked with four care homes in Tameside – The Sycamores in Hyde, Thorncliffe Grange in Denton, Fairfield View in Audenshaw and Downshaw Lodge in Ashton – holding three music sessions at each.
They teamed together for the final shared session with care home residents playing instruments, singing and dancing, although Downshaw Lodge couldn’t attend.
It was part of Manchester Camerata’s Music in Mind project, delivered by musicians alongside a music therapist. Workshop sessions are designed to give people with dementia the chance to communicate and interact with others through musical expression. A training programme enables carers to lead their own group music sessions.
This year, Dementia Awareness Week changed to Dementia Action Week with everyone urged to take action, whether big or small, to make everyday life better for people affected by dementia.
Tameside Council backed the Alzheimer’s Society initiative with Public Health staff organising a week of events.
They began with pupils from Ashton’s The Hey’s Primary School, supported by Tameside Music Service, giving an impressive performance of moving songs and forget-me-not flowers – the Dementia Friends logo – being unveiled at Stamford Park. There were also information stalls.
Events also took place at Portland Basin Museum and there was a concert at Willow Wood Hospice featuring a Saxophone Quartet.
To find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk.