Dementia show is rolling into town

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

The pioneering national tour will be stopping off at St George’s Square in Luton on Thursday April 30 and Friday May 1 from 10am-4pm as it aims to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition which affects more than 1,800 people in Luton.

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.

It is open to people currently living with dementia, 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 100,000 people in the three years it has been on the road.

Erika Aldridge, Alzheimer’s Society Regional Operations Manager for East of England, 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.’

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

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