Experts to answer questions on dementia at Richmond roadshow

People of Richmond and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to put their questions to the experts and find out a little more about dementia next week as Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community Roadshow rolls into town.

The pioneering national tour will be stopping off at Richmond Market Place from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, September 26 as it aims to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition which affects around 700 people in the Richmondshire area.

It will offer free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis.

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It is also open to people currently living with dementia, those who are worried about a friend or relative’s memory or who just have questions about the condition. No appointment is needed.

Having launched in 2011, the Roadshow has already made a big difference to the lives of people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, reaching more than 185,000 people in the four years it has been on the road.

The current tour of Hambleton and Richmondshire is also due to visit, among other places, Northallerton High Street on 27 September, Leyburn Market place on 28 September and Easingwold on 29 September.

Linda Haggie, services manager, 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.”

Also joining us on the roadshow are North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS). Alzheimer’s Society have been working in partnership with NYFRS for a number of years now to promote awareness of dementia and the support that NYFRS can provide to people affected by memory loss or dementia in their local community.

Community safety officer, Alyson Down said: “Richmondshire has recently been classified as Dementia Friendly through the work of the local Dementia Action Alliance, a local group of businesses and organisations who come together to try to encourage and drive small changes within local communities that will improve lives of those living with Memory Loss or Dementia.

“North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are part of this Alliance and are working to become a Dementia Friendly organisation with a number of local firefighters and staff already having become Dementia Friends after receiving training.”

“NYFRS work in close partnership with many agencies, but the majority of agency referrals that come to me are for people who have been diagnosed with memory loss or dementia.  Obviously there are increased home safety risks associated with this so we offer tailored and specialist advice to help keep people safe in their own homes, and obviously ensure they have working smoke alarms and know what to do in case of emergency“.

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

To keep up to date with what Alzheimer’s Society is doing in your area, follow the local Twitter account @AlzSocYorkshire or visit the Facebook page facebook.com/AlzheimersSocietyYorkshire.