This week is Dementia Awareness Week 2015 (17-23 May).
The Alzheimer's Society is encouraging all of its supporters to do something new (#DoSomethingNew) this Dementia Awareness Week because it believes life doesn't end when dementia begins, and that having dementia doesn't mean stopping doing this things you love and trying new things.
Here are some of the Society's #DoSomethingNew ideas to get you started this Dementia Awareness Week. Please feel free to share them with your friends and come up with some of your own ideas too:
•Try out a new recipe - be ambitious and try something totally different from your usual style of cooking.
•Sign up for a language class - many places offer classes to help you learn a range of languages, or you can often find free online courses.
•Find a new sport or exercise to try out for the first time - look for a class you haven't done at the gym before, or get your friends all out to play a group game in the park.
•Start making plans for that big trip you've always wanted to go on - you might not be quite ready to go yet, but choose a date and get things moving.
•Get a totally new hairstyle (or colour!) - many salons offer free or cut price haircuts to help with training.
•Visit somewhere you've never been before - it could be somewhere close to home you've just never got round to going, or somewhere further afield.
•Learn to juggle.
•Go to the theatre, opera or ballet - or you could even get involved in a local theatre group if you've always fancied having a go yourself.
•Get your friends around for a murder mystery evening.
•Try jellied eels!
Share your ideas on social media and use the hashtag #DoSomethingNew to show your support for Dementia Awareness Week 2015.
For more information on how you can support Dementia Awareness Week and spread the message that life doesn't end when dementia begins, click here.