Dementia friends

Optalis supporting Dementia Awareness Week

Optalis is encouraging members of the public to find out more about dementia by attending a free Dementia Friends information session on Saturday 16 May.

Dementia Friends is an initiative launched by Alzheimer’s Society to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

The one-hour talk is taking place from 10am as part of the Choices Café for Carers, which is held monthly at Alexandra Place in Woodley.

Gemma Lacy, Dementia Friends Champion, said: “I strongly believe it’s important we create a dementia-friendly community in Wokingham, and would encourage anyone interested to come along.

“If you don’t want to attend the Choices Café for Carers but would like to come to the Dementia Friends session, that’s fine – we’ll be starting the talk at 10am.”

Choices Café is running from 9.30am to 11.30am, and offers Carers a relaxed environment to get together. Activities are provided for loved ones by experienced Optalis staff, to allow a few hours respite.

Louise Arnold, Customer Experience Manager, said: “This month we’re focusing our activity session around remembering VE Day, with a special guest singer who will be entertaining us with all the wartime classics.

“Carers who want to take part in our Choices Café and Dementia Friends session can bring their loved ones along in the knowledge we’ll be providing stimulating respite care with activities that will put a smile on their face!”

Sign up for our Dementia Friends session here

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