Today, Monday 15th May marks the official start of Dementia Awareness Week 2017. The Mayor, Councillor Linda Winter this morning attended an opening ceremony in the Council House along with pupils from Alvaston Infant and Nursery School who helped to decorate a ‘Tree of Life’ with folded paper cranes.

Two more ‘Trees of Life’ were also unveiled at the Royal Derby Hospital and at County Hall in Matlock.

Sue Abdulla, Lead Dementia Nurse at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “This tree is a great reminder that life does not stop when a person is diagnosed with dementia, either for them or their families. It’s a symbol of hope and life. We’re asking people to write their hopes and wishes for the future of dementia care, and it’s interesting to see what the focus is for different people.”

A number of other events are being held through out the week across the city. A Full programme of events is available on our website.

Last week, the Mayor spoke about the importance of becoming a Dementia Friend and supporting people living with dementia.

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