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According to the NHS, research shows that more than 944,000 people in the UK have dementia, rising to 1 million people by 2030 because of longer life expectancy. We are marking Dementia Action Week at the Virtual Village Hall with a programme of sessions designed to support people living with and affected by dementia.

To launch the week, Dr Laura Booi, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University, will present latest research on brain health and dementia risk factors. Dementia Carers Count, the family carers’ charity, will be sharing advice, support and resources for families living with dementia, and there will be gentle, dementia-friendly seated exercise and craft sessions to try. Dr Amir Khan, GP, medical broadcaster and best-selling author will close the week with a live Q&A, answering viewers’ questions about symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and support. 

Timetable

13 May

11:00am - Brain Health and Dementia Risk Reduction: Current Research and Future Directions with Dr Laura Booi, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University.

12:30pm - Dementia-friendly Pilates with April Moon.

14 May

12:30pm - Royal Voluntary Service Dementia Service stories.

2:30pm - Silver Swans® ballet for Dementia with Johanna Hadley, a Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans® licensee and qualified chair-based exercise tutor.

15 May

11:00am - The experiences of caring for someone with dementia with Katy Evans and Lorraine Haining, dementia care experts from Dementia Carers Count.

16 May

11:00am - Dementia-friendly Indoor Allotment craft session with Regan Hirst, Dementia Support Service Manager, Royal Voluntary Service.

12:30pm - Dementia-friendly SitFit with Frances Rayner.

2:30pm - Dementia-friendly Yoga with Dave Rennie.

17 May

11:00am - ‘Ask me anything about dementia’ Q&A with Dr Amir Khan, GP, medical broadcaster and best-selling author.

2:30pm - Dementia-friendly Harp request session with Fiona Kyle.

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Dementia-friendly Pilates

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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Silver Swans® ballet for Dementia

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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Caring for someone with Dementia

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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Dementia-friendly mindful mobility Pilates

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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Dementia-friendly Guided relaxation

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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Dementia-friendly SitFit

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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Dementia-friendly Yoga

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

Dr Amir Khan

Ask me anything about dementia

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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Dementia-friendly Indoor Allotment

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

Dr Laura Booi

Brain Health & Dementia Risk Reduction

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024

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RVS Dementia Service users share their stories

Part of Dementia Action Week 2024