Alzheimer’s Society staff, supporters, volunteers and people affected by dementia have united and taken action at Birmingham and Solihull train stations as part of Dementia Action Week.
Staff from the dementia charity were raising awareness about dementia at the stations across the week, 21 May – 27 May. They were challenging members of the public to take action to support people affected by dementia in the West Midlands. The charity held a presence at the stations for the second year running.
Janice Le Tellier, Operations Manager at Alzheimer’s Society in Birmingham and Solihull said: “It’s been a busy week and a fresh opportunity to raise awareness about dementia for the services we provide.”
Staff spoke with passengers and discussed the plight of people living with dementia. They also spoke about the support available for those living with the condition in the UK. The team distributed Dementia Awareness Stickers to those wishing to show support. These stickers proceeded to travel across the country via Britain’s rail network. The staff received a positive reception and around 200 stickers were distributed to passengers.
Liam Cortintias from Worcester stated that his mum had dementia and was cared for in a home. He said: “Keep up the good work”.
The NHS estimates that there are 12,595 people over-65 living with dementia in Birmingham and Solihull. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and one person develops dementia every three minutes
This year the dementia charity asked people to come together to unite against dementia by taking actions, big or small, to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.