Time to think about dementia

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People are being asked to “join the conversation on dementia” next week.

The Alzheimer’s Society is running Dementia Awareness Week™ from Sunday (May 19) to Saturday, May 25, and is encouraging people to talk about the condition.

Everyone is invited to attend an awareness raising event from 10am to midday on Monday (May 20) in the Corby Dementia Cafe, at the former TA building in Elizabeth Street. There will be an opportunity to hear from Andy Sawford MP about why he is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society.

Gillian Shadbolt, for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia. The more we know about the condition, the more prepared we’ll be to face it. This event is a great opportunity to find out more, talk to us, and join the conversation that everyone’s talking about.”

The charity has a range of services which support people with dementia and their carers in Northamptonshire, including singing for the brain, dementia cafes and day centre provision. For details contact the local office on 01832 736670.

The society is also hoping that businesses and individuals will hold their own fundraising events next week to raise valuable funds for people with dementia and their carers. There are as many as 800,000 people in the UK with dementia and almost 8,000 in Northamptonshire.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline is 0300 222 1122 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk for more information.