World Alzheimer’s Awareness Event
Mersey Care NHS Trust’s Memory Services will be taking part in an awareness-raising and interactive information event at Goodison Park as part of World Alzheimer’s Month.
Held on 23 September from 10am to 3pm, the event takes place two days after World Alzheimer’s Day, and is free to drop in for a visit. Hosted by Everton in the Community, the event includes a range of partners, including Mersey Care, the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Friends, Everton Historical Society, Age Concern, House of Memories and others.
Former players and Club Ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin will also be present at certain points of the proceedings, to take part in Q & A sessions.
Everton in the Community and Mersey Care run a successful therapeutic programme for people with mild to moderate memory loss. Pass on the Memories helps around 200 people a year, with participants referred by Mersey Care to an eight-week reminiscence programme, with access to on-going weekly drop-in social groups, which are held at Goodison.
New intakes for Pass on the Memories groups have just started for patients and their carers from North Liverpool and South Sefton, as well as a South Liverpool group. A similar group for patients in North Sefton is held at Southport FC called Thanks for the Memories.
Co-ordinating the World Alzheimer’s event, Brianna Harvey, Social Inclusion Coach with Everton in the Community said: “Our last dementia awareness event was a great success and attracted many visitors throughout the day. An amazing 115 of them became Dementia Friends on the day, including 60 of our own Club stewards.
“We’d like to encourage anyone who has an interest to come along to our World Alzheimer’s event to find out more about dementia and what help and support is available locally. If you would like learn how you can make a difference you will also be able to take part in a short session to become a Dementia Friend.”
Mersey Care’s community and hospital based services for people living in Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby offer specialist assessment, medication, post diagnostic support, peer support groups, courses for carers, and therapies, including those recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Sefton and Liverpool memory services have been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The service is designed to promote independence and quality of life. A team of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, support workers, speech therapists, doctors and psychologists work together to provide services within people's homes that provide support throughout the experience of dementia.