intu Merry Hill is bringing shoppers together to take action against dementia through a range of activities, as part of Dementia Action Week (20th - 26thMay).
Partnering with Dementia UK, the centre will become home to a pop-up from the charity where staff will be on hand to offer support and advice to shoppers on all matters relating to the condition. The pop-up will be in the centre on Monday 20th May between 10am-4pm, near Asda.
Following this, on Tuesday 21st May NHS dementia specialists will be in centre to answer any specific questions shoppers may have about friends or family living with dementia. They will also be accompanied by the West Midlands Ambulance Service who will be providing CPR and defibrillator training continuing the centre’s commitment made in 2018 to train as many local people as possible on these lifesaving skills. Shoppers can join this activity between 11am - 4pm, in the event area next to the customer services desk.
To round off the activities, shoppers can look forward to a performance from local health and wellbeing choir, Feel Good, on Friday 24th May between 1pm-2pm.
Naomi Campbell, Community Development Manager at intu Merry Hill, said: “According to Alzheimer’s Society, someone in the UK develops dementia every three minutes, which means almost all of us will know someone living with dementia at some point in our lives.
“Sadly, many people living with dementia say they feel cut off from their community and face the condition alone. Dementia Action Week is an extremely important initiative that looks to combat this feeling and we hope the events we’re hosting at the centre will help to create a supportive and sociable community for those living with the disease.”
The activity comes as part of a move by intu Merry Hill to focus on enriching its wellbeing offering over the coming months, to enhance employees and shoppers’ happiness at the centre. The shopping complex already has all intu centre staff trained as a Dementia Friend.
A spokesperson at Dementia UK, said: “Depending on the type of dementia, it can affect people in different ways and can significantly change the practicalities of everyday life. Each person will experience it in their own unique way and the impact can be physical, emotional and psychological.
“Dementia Action Week gives those living with the condition the chance to share their experiences with one another and allows their friends and family members to learn more about the range of support available to them. We’re looking forward to contributing to this year’s initiative with intu Merry Hill and hope shoppers find our pop-up useful.”
Dementia Action Week, taking place between Monday 20th - Sunday 26thMay, unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.