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Activity day for dementia patients and carers

Singing, quizzes and exercise for inpatients at West Middlesex Hospital's Crane ward

A group exercise class, one of many activities, for patients and carers at West Middlesex Hospital's Crane Ward to mark Dementia Awarreness Week

A day of activities for patients and carers was held at West Middlesex Hospital to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

On Tuesday (May 19), inpatients in the Crane Ward were brought together in a fun, friendly and social environment starting with singing for the brain, quizzes, an exercise class as well as information talks on the condition.

The special event was supported by Alzheimer’s Society, Integrated Neurological Services and specialist dementia nurses.

Dementia Awareness Week runs from May 18 to 24.

Cathy McCann, critical care lead specialist nurse, said: “We have had a great time marking Dementia Awareness Week.

"Being in hospital is never a nice thing so to be able to do something a bit different for our patients and their carers was great, all while supporting a worthy cause and raising awareness of the condition too."

Dementia usually occurs in people over age 65, although it has been known to affect younger people, but with an ageing population there is likely to be a rise in the number of people with the condition and early diagnosis can help.

Dementia is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities, and includes problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental agility, language, understanding and judgement.

The Crane Ward was refurbished in 2013 and re-opened in December 2014 as a dementia-friendly ward to improve patients' well-being.

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