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HUYTON Call to 'Remember the person'.

THE Alzheimer's Society invites Huyton residents to "Remember the person" and join them to celebrate Dementia Awareness Week.

The organisation is encouraging people to get talking about dementia this Dementia Awareness WeekO (May 20-26, 2012) with a maintaining skills event in a Huyton care home.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 23, from 11am-3pm.

People with dementia and carers can drop in for half an hour or more, take part in maintaining skills activities and learn about support services available in the area.

Light refreshments will also be available.

Dermot O'Connor, Support Services Manager for Alzheimer's Society Knowsley said: "These Alzheimer's Society Knowsley events are not only fun days out, but also a great way to raise muchneeded funds and get people talking about dementia.

"We hope lots of people will join us this Dementia Awareness Week.

"We need to tackle the misunderstanding surrounding dementia if we are to ensure people with dementia are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. These events are a great opportunity to spend some time, whether you have five minutes or half an hour, to learn a bit more about dementia.' The money raised will help the Society support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.

The Alzheimer's Society is also hoping that local businesses and individuals will hold their own fundraising events between May 20-26 to raise funds.

There are as many as 750,000 people in the UK with dementia and as many as 1,600 in Knowsley.

Dementia Awareness Week 2012 is sponsored by Saga Homecare.
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