9th Dec, 2016

Dementia roadshow is coming to town to help

Joshua Godfrey 12th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM residents will have the chance to put their questions to the experts and find out more about dementia when the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community Roadshow rolls into town.

The charity’s national tour will visit the High Street, in front of Iceland, from 10am until 3pm next Friday (August 19) to increase awareness and understanding of the condition.

Free information and advice will be on offer to anyone with any questions about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis.

The arrival of the roadshow has been timed to support the launch of Evesham’s campaign to become formally recognised as a ‘Dementia Friendly Town.’

Members of the Evesham Dementia Action Alliance will be raising awareness and encouraging people to get involved with the campaign.

As well as the roadshow, there will be a number of events being held throughout the town including a Dementia Friends session at the Community Contact Centre from 9.30am.

Meanwhile the official launch of the town’s campaign to be officially recognised as a ‘Dementia Friendly Town’ will be held at 11am.

Evesham Bell Tower will ‘ring in the change’ for a new era for the town when Mayor Coun Fred Kaler launches the campaign.

Then from 2pm there will be a tea service at All Saints Church for people suffering from dementia and their carers.

Worcestershire County Council’s RemPod, a pop-up reminiscence room based on the 1960s, will be available from 11.30am until 3.15pm at All Saints Church.

And at 3.30pm there will be another Dementia Friends session at the Community Contact Centre.

Gill Read, Services Manager for Worcestershire, said: “Dementia is one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our generation. Yet it continues to be a condition blighted with stigma and lack of understanding. This can mean that people who are worried about dementia in some way, or simply want to find out more may not know where to turn.”

“The Dementia Community Roadshow is the perfect way to get that information and support out to the people who need it. 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.”

“We are also delighted that the Roadshow is playing such a key part in supporting the launch of Evesham’s campaign.

“It is fantastic to see representatives from across the community coming together to help turn understanding into action and to make a lasting difference to the lives of people affected by dementia,” she added.