Mersey Care’s Memory Services for Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby were on hand to help hundreds of visitors at a dementia awareness event hosted by Everton in the Community at Goodison.
The open day on Wednesday (20 May, 2015) was held during national Dementia Awareness Week for members of the public, service users and carers to enable them to access dementia-related information from Mersey Care, Everton in the Community, Everton Historical Society and other local organisations.
Everton footballing legend Graeme Sharp took part in a Dementia Friends’ training session in the morning, followed in the afternoon by another former international player, Phil Thompson, who played for Liverpool in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Dementia Friends sessions are part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia by transforming the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. The Dementia Friends’ session was delivered by Everton in the Community’s Dementia Friends Champion Brianna Harvey with the aim of helping visitors understand what it’s like to live with dementia and simple actions that can be taken to create more dementia-friendly communities.
Everton Ambassador Graeme Sharp highlighted the importance of raising awareness, saying: “There is still a lot of negativity surrounding dementia and we need to educate the public about the disease and get rid of a lot of the negativity surrounding it. Pass on the Memories caters to those living with dementia and other memory loss conditions in the community and everyone at Everton wants to help promote this awareness the best way we can.”
Mersey Care works in partnership with Everton in the Community to deliver a successful clinically-led programme for people with mild to moderate memory problems, called Pass on the Memories. After referral through Mersey Care’s Memory Services, participants attend sessions once a week for two months, during which time they take part in reminiscence therapy, help from occupational therapists and other health professionals. Carers are welcomed to join participants on the programme too. Everton provide follow on informal afternoon drop-in sessions, which include social outings, trips to museums and weekly get-togethers at Goodison.