Staff and residents at Connors House Residential Home in Canterbury have embraced a week of activities to raise awareness and commemorate Dementia Awareness Week.

The Craddock Road residential home has been bustling this week, with plenty going on throughout the home, from book and cake stalls to fundraising raffles and baking scones.26853742440_8672a384d6_m

Tuesday saw the residents joined by family, friends and the wider community for afternoon tea and a natter, whilst on Thursday an entertainer visited the home to perform a variety of songs based around ‘the good old days’, stirring up nostalgic memories aplenty.

A fundraising pajama day will take place today, during which staff will come to work dressed in their pajamas to raise more funds for the residents.26522439184_e927f7860f_m

Christine Devlin, home manager of Connors House said: “Raising awareness and talking about dementia is vital, as currently, more than 800,000 people in the UK are living with a form of dementia. It is of course a scary and emotional situation but there are lots of organisations that can offer support and advice.

“We have many residents living with varying forms of dementia and it can be worrying for both the resident and their loved ones but with the support of our staff and other healthcare professionals, we can help to promote understanding and give invaluable support”

Taking place each year, Dementia Awareness Week encourages those who are concerned or worried about dementia to get in touch with the Alzheimer’s Society, promoting the message that although dementia can be scary, you don’t have to face it alone.