Aims to provide lifeline to local families
A pioneering Dementia Community Roadshow will be visiting St George’s Hospital in Wandsworth on 16 September 2013, as it aims to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition.
There are currently estimated to be over 2,000 people diagnosed with dementia in Wandsworth, 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 London, the vehicle, funded by Tesco, will be at St George’s on Monday 16 September 2013 between 10am and 4pm, before travelling on to the Tesco’s superstore on West Cromwell Road in Kensington. 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.
Katie Antill, Alzheimer's Society Support Services Manager, was onboard the vehicle during its last visit. Katie said: “One man, who stumbled upon us when he was doing his weekly shop, spoke to me about the struggle he was encountering with his wife at home. He told me that he had prayed for help the night before, and that talking to us made him feel as though his prayers had been answered. We were incredibly touched by what he said, as it showed us what a positive impact the Roadshow can have.”
Kate Moore, Alzheimer's Society East Region Operations Director 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.”
Michael Kissman, Community Director at Tesco said: "With stores all over London, we’re extremely proud to help Alzheimer's Society raise awareness of dementia. The Roadshow is part of the legacy from our Charity of the Year partnership with the society and we hope that it contributes to building a better future for people with dementia.”
You can find out when the Dementia Community Roadshow will be visiting your local area by visiting www.alzheimers.org.uk/roadshow .
Dementia and diagnosis rates for the South East can be found via the Dementia Prevalence Calculator: www.dementiaprevalencecalculator.org.uk/calculator/organisations.html
September 9, 2013