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The Fizzogs get their groove on for national Dementia Action Week - with video

Dudley's award-winning dancing grannies got their groove on for a tailor-made performance as part of the borough's activities to mark national Dementia Action Week.

The Fizzogs performing and meeting service users at Brett Young Gateway

Internet sensations the Fizzogs performed to people with dementia and their carers, friends and families at the Dudley Council-run Brett Young Dementia Gateway.

The trio danced their way around the centre, meeting service users and encouraging them to dance along to their performance. Their performance was one of a number of activities taking place this week to celebrate the national campaign, which started on Monday.

Other activities include a tea party, garden party, armchair exercises, an Elvis tribute performance, musical mobility and flower arranging.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, Dudley Council cabinet member for adult social care, said: "A big thank you to the Fizzogs for visiting the Brett Young Centre to support our activities for Dementia Action Week.

"Everyone in the centre had a fabulous time. People with dementia responded really well to the entertainment and many were even up dancing with the grannies.”

Leader of Dudley Council, Councillor Patrick Harley, added: "Unfortunately, there are many of us who will personally experienced the life-changing impact dementia can have on an individual.

"The staff in our gateways are there to support hundreds of people with dementia and their carers and families as they face the daily challenges of living with the condition."

Dudley Council runs two dementia gateways – the Brett Young Centre, in Halesowen, and the Crystal Gateway, in Brierley Hill. They offer information and advice to support people diagnosed with dementia, their families and carers. They also offer preventative services along with respite and long-term support, which can include day sessions at the gateways.