The Crowlees team in North Kirklees marked Alzheimer’s awareness week (July 3-9) in style with a special event held today at Ravensthorpe Community Centre. The Crowlees team support younger people with dementia across Kirklees.
The event aimed to raise awareness about younger people with dementia – the theme of this year’s Alzheimer’s awareness week. Over 50 people attended the event including service users, carers and professionals from the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust, Kirklees social services and the voluntary organisations.
Guests were treated to lunch and entertainment that included songs from the 50s and 60s to reflect the age of people who develop early onset dementia. There was a guest speaker from the Alzheimer’s society and the team displayed posters and banners about the work of the Crowlees team.
‘The event was a great success and lots of people came along. It was a great chance to have fun and get the message across that people under 65 do get dementia and that they have a significant range of needs,’ said team manager Barbara Kotowicz.
‘There are lots of implications for a younger person developing dementia – they might have young children and elderly parents to look after, and can no longer do this. They may have problems keeping a job and their relationships may be affected, so they need lots of specialist support,’ Barbara continued.
Alzheimer’s awareness week is an annual campaign organised by the Alzheimer’s society to increase people’s knowledge of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.