Memory Festivals will offer help and advice on dealing with dementia

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Clitheroe is to host a series of “Memory Festivals’’ to offer professional advice to people who are living with dementia.

Lancashire County Council is organising the events which will give advice about local service available for sufferers of the illness, their families, carers and friends.

The Memory Festivals will showcase the wide range of resources and holistic, enriching activities available from shared reading, memory boxes and books on prescription to reminiscence sessions, Dementia Friends training, patchwork classes and many more projects.

County Coun.Tony Martin, cabinet member for adult and community servicex, said: “As well as raising awareness about dementia and the high-quality specialist services available countywide, the events will also help to give a more in-depth understanding of the impacts of living with dementia.’’

Each event will feature information from a number of organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, dementia alliances, libraries, museums, care homes and Age UK.

There will also be arts activities, music workshops, dementia simulation sessions and an introduction to Dementia Friends, people who learn about what it’s like to live with dementia and the small things they can do to help people in their local community.

As well as the public, the events are open to schools, colleges, universities and recreational groups. For more information, call 0300 123 6703 or go to:

The Memory Festivals will take place from 10am at the following venues: Clitheroe Library on Wednesday, October 21st and 22nd and at Clitheroe Museum, Monday and Tuesday, Novdmber 2nd and 3rd and Clitheroe Museum on Friday and Saturday, November 6th and 7th.