Herald - Issue 458

Page 54 • The HERALD • 30th May 2024 v THE HERALD - INDEPENDENT AND PROUD OF IT v WE CARE, YOU CARE Age Concern Hampshire and Clodagh McKenna Join Forces for Dementia Action Week Age Concern Hampshire, in collaboration with their charity patron Clodagh McKenna, proudly marked Dementia Action Week with a series of activities aimed at supporting individuals a ected by dementia across the region. Dementia Action Week took place between the 13th-19th May, aiming to raise awareness and encourage collective action in support of those living with dementia. Age Concern Hampshire celebrated the week with cook-along recipes created by the charity’s esteemed patron chef, Clodagh McKenna. is special event took place at Age Concern Hampshire’s Care and Wellbeing centres, prepared by their dedicated cooks throughout the week. Charity Patron, Clodagh Mckenna said: “I am so honoured to be the Patron of Age Concern Hampshire and help to raise awareness for the charity and the essential dementia support they provide. What we eat has a huge impact on our brain function, a diet of vegetables, fruit, pulses, oily fish (such as salmon) can help lower the risks and slow down the development. During Dementia Action Week, we shared healthy recipes that are focused on these ingredients.” With proper nutrition playing a crucial role in maintaining overall health and wellbeing, the event included meals rich in essential nutrients, including Vitamins B6, B12 and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, which are known to support brain health. Adequate nutrition can help support cognitive Centres in Dibden/Hythe, New Milton, Locks Heath and Yateley, o ering a wide range of daily activities such as mobility support, art and cra s and music therapy sessions. ese activities can play a signi cant role in improving memory, cognition, daily functioning as well as enhancing social interactions between clients through bringing back good memories and feelings of comfort. For additional details or to book a taster day, please contact Age Concern Hampshire at 01962 868545. For more information, visit: www.ageconcernhampshire. org.uk function and may even slow down the progression of cognitive decline. Recognising the importance of supporting cognitive development in dementia clients, Age Concern Hampshire also o ered a range of activities throughout the week. ese activities were speci cally tailored to cater to the unique needs of individuals living with dementia, with a primary focus on nurturing cognitive abilities. Helen Callen, CEO at Age Concern Hampshire said: “We were thrilled to collaborate with Clodagh for Dementia Action Week. We’re committed to providing essential support for those affected by dementia and to raise awareness, supporting older people navigating cognitive challenges.” Age Concern Hampshire has Care and Wellbeing Hythe Huddle, the drop in support group for people living with dementia and their carers, organised by Families Matter, meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm at Cornerstone URC, Hythe SO45 6BR. Activities are planned throughout the year including arts and cra s, entertainment and games. Hythe Huddle sessions also provide advice, community and support. eir next meeting is on Wednesday 5th June for entertainment with singer Retro Rita. Refreshments are available, kindly donated by Tesco. For more information call: 023 8020 7623 or email: o ce.fm.hurc@gmail.com Hythe Huddle