Wednesday, 25 April 2012

'Childhood Memories' Art Competition promotes dementia awareness


Remember the person

To promote Dementia Awareness Week, 20th – 26th May 2012, Alzheimer’s Society Lancaster and Morecambe have launched an art competition for those living in the Lancaster and Morecambe area only.

They would like to invite budding artists to take part and submit pictures no later than 14th May, on an A4 sheet, with the theme 'Childhood Memories'.

Lorna Campbell, Support and Development Officer for Younger People with Dementia told us:
'Childhood memories are very important to all of us but are particularly valuable to a person with dementia.  For them, these memories are sometimes the only thing they have to make sense of what is going on around them.  These memories can help them to maintain important relationships and friendships, to feel positive and to remain a valued member of the family and community.

'We need to tackle the misunderstandings surrounding dementia if we are to ensure people living with dementia are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.  We hope this competition can be used to raise awareness and to learn a little more about people who live with dementia and the effects it has on their lives and daily living.'

The art competition will be open to all budding artists, but not professionals, and will be judged by local artist Chas Jacobs.  There will be two categories: the under 18 years and the over 18 years.  Please can artists put their name, age, and contact information on the back of their picture and send their entries into Alzheimer’s Society Lancaster & Morecambe, Altham Meadows, Bartholomew Road, Westgate, Morecambe LA4 4RR by 14th May.   For further information please contact Alzheimer's Society on 01524 402610

Entries will be displayed locally in libraries and the Arndale and St Nicholas shopping centres.  The winner and runner up in each category will be presented with a prize.  The local radio stations and the local press will be invited to take photographs of the winners and their designs.

It is predicted that by 2021 there will be a million people living with dementia in the UK. Currently the Alzheimer's Society estimates that only 40% of people with dementia receive a diagnosis.

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