Dementia roadshow tour visits West Lancashire to provide lifeline to local families

Dementia roadshow tour visits West Lancashire to provide lifeline to local families

Dementia Roadshow tour visits the North West to provide lifeline to local families

A pioneering Dementia Community Roadshow will be visiting the North West from 30 July 2013, as it aims to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition.  There are currently 85,978 people in the North West with dementia, and this number is rising. The Alzheimer’s Society’s Roadshow offers free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis.

During its current tour of the North West, the vehicle, funded by Tesco, will be at the Ormskirk Burscough Bridge Tesco Superstore on Friday, August 23 between 10am and 4pm and Saturday, August 24, 2013 between 10am and 3pm.

People who are currently living with dementia, are worried about a friend or relative’s memory, or just have questions about the condition, are encouraged to drop by with no appointment necessary.

The Roadshow has already made a big difference to local lives, reaching 5788 people in North West so far.

Hazel Bayley, Alzheimer’s Society’s Area Manager for the North West said:

“The Dementia Community Roadshow helps us to reach out to local communities and people who may not know where to turn for help. Getting a diagnosis is the first step in unlocking the support and potential treatments that are available. Receiving an early diagnosis enables people to get access to support when they need it and gives them the opportunity to plan for the future. We’re here to provide people with information about where to get help and encourage those with concerns about their memory to visit their GP.”

People can find out when the Dementia Community Roadshow will be visiting their local area by visiting www.alzheimers.org.uk/roadshow

Dementia and diagnosis rates for the North West (available in an interactive map) at www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiamap