Patients and carers from Wigan GP practices came together to dance in the face of dementia.
Around 100 people attended SSP Health’s Tea Dance to raise awareness of the condition and there was music, laughter and, yes, lots of dancing!
Patients from the practices Claire House, in Ince, Lower Ince Surgery, Higher Ince Surgery and Platt Bridge Medical Centre were invited to the afternoon, held at St Peter’s Pavilion, in Hindley.
The sold-out event featured songs from Paul Jordan, music, refreshments, booklets of old local photographs and a raffle.
Organisations and charities also came to the event to give advice and information, including Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh, Wigan Alzheimer’s Society, Wigan and Leigh Carers, and the National Institute for Health Research.
SSP Health’s Director and GP, Dr Shikha Pitalia, said: “It was a lovely afternoon where people had a great time and hopefully were able to be given information on dementia and related conditions that will be useful.
“With our patients increasingly coming into contact with dementia, either through having the condition themselves or caring for someone who has it, we thought it was important to give people an event where they could receive support and help, as well as them having a lovely, uplifting time with people in similar circumstances.
“It was such a success that we are planning to have more, and I’d like to thank all the organisations who attended, our organiser Practice Manager Janet Ingham, our PPG and SSP helpers and, of course, all the patients, carers and their friends who came along.”
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