Dementia Awareness Week 2017 Round-Up


Green shirts unite against dementia

15th – 21st May 2017 saw Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Awareness Week and all of the Haelo team got involved; from walking a marathon, doing a sponsored silence and dragon boat racing on Salford Quays!

As of April 2016, and as part of the government’s historic devolution agreement, new decision making and spending powers have been given to Greater Manchester. One of the early health and social care priorities for this work is dementia. Dementia United, proudly hosted by Haelo, aims to make Greater Manchester the best place in the world to live for people with dementia.

As part of our commitment to raising awareness of dementia, the Haelo team put their collective best foot forward and walked over 40 miles round Salford Quays! The team were made aware of the benefits of keeping both physically and mentally active.

Becky White, star of the Communications team, completed a “very difficult” sponsored silence during Dementia Awareness Week and raised over £300 for the Alzheimers Society.

In further support, Haelo entered a team into the ‘Good Life Festival’ Dragon Boat Race, organised by Age UK Salford. Our green shirts made it all the way through the time trials and races, into the final coming in second place! Amazing effort from all teams but an overwhelming message that there were no winners or losers, but a victory in support of helping people live well with Dementia in Salford.

We have also had some fantastic pieces written by our amazingly talented staff, check out the blogs below:

“Oh My Darling Granddaughter”

Our wonderful Helen Cottrill, project manager at Haelo, shares a true example of living well with dementia and the invaluable support of the NHS, a must read, written in support of Dementia Awareness Week 2017.

There’s more to a person than dementia | Stuart’s story…

Haelo’s Programme Manager Stuart Clough has become rather passionate about Dementia over the last couple of years. In his first blog he shares the story of how Pete lived well with dementia.

For Brenda

Last year, Maxine Power, wrote a heartwarming blog about collective community action – the tacit force enriching lives of people living with dementia.

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