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Let's unite for Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia does and will affect many of us. If we don't experience it personally we will know someone who is afflicted. Latest warnings are that dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer, yet awareness and understanding remain low.

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. More than 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. Scary as it is, people can still live well with dementia thanks to available support and treatments; and scientists are making advances.

During Dementia Awareness Week, from Sunday, May 14, to Saturday, May 20, we want the community of Boston to come together and take action. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding, improve care and urgently find a cure.

The week of events supported by Boston Borough Council and Dementia Action Alliance will include Memory Music at Mayfields Assisted Living Home in Broadfield Lane, at 2.30pm on Monday, May 15, a dementia cafe at the Len Medlock Centre from 10am to noon on Wednesday, May 17, a Dementia Friends session open to all at the council offices in West Street from 10am to 11am on Wednesday, May 17, a virtual dementia tour at the bus station car park on Thursday, May 18 (please call 01205 314 212 to book), a Memory Lane Dementia Day Service at Mayfields on Thursday, May 18 (call 0300 365 5000 to book), coffee morning at Chattertons Solicitors, Wide Bargate, from 9.30am on Friday, May 19, and an information event and reminiscence room at Boston College from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Friday, May 19.

For more information about any of these call 01205 314161 or visit Boston Dementia on Facebook.

You can also find out more at the Alzheimer's Society website