OLDHAM people are being encouraged to participate in the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Week, which takes place from May 21 to 27.

The organisations highlights the fact that there are about 30,000 people living with dementia in Greater Manchester and that too many face the condition alone without adequate support.

During the week the society wants people to take action such as becoming a “Dementia Friend”, which allows them to learn a little more about what it’s like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action.

In Greater Manchester there are already 58,977 Dementia Friends.

There will also be events taking place in Greater Manchester around the theme of community change.

Family, friends and work colleagues are being urged to sign up and be the first to hear more about what’s happening locally at alzheimers.org.uk/DementiaActionWeek

There are other ways to get involved, such as fundraising with the Challenge Dementia Quiz pack or taking part in research through the Join Dementia Research campaign.