Dementia Awareness Week urges people to get talking

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PEOPLE in South Tyneside are being urged to join the debate on dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to get talking about the condition during Dementia Awareness Week, which runs all next week.

The charity is inviting residents of all ages to attend a series of events in the borough to help people with the condition take the first steps towards receiving help.

The South Shields team will be holding a ‘dementia café’ at St Gregory’s Church, at The Nook, on Monday from noon to 2pm. It will be open to the public and will feature a presentation by North-East-based neurological researchers.

People worried about their memory or concerned about loved ones or friends are invited to pop in to the charity’s South Shields office, in the Edinburgh Buildings, in Station Approach, for a private chat with a dementia support worker or memory protection nurse on Thursday from 11am to 2pm.

On Friday, the Alzheimer’s Society team will be manning a stall at South Shields market, and staff will be available to talk about the charity’s services and dementia-related issues on an informal basis.

Liz Williams, a South Shields-based Alzheimer’s Society dementia support worker, is urging residents to take the opportunity to get to know more about dementia and the services the charity offers.

She said: “The Alzheimer’s Society wants to bring dementia out of the shadows, get people talking about it and help local communities feel better prepared to face it.

“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.

“These events are a great opportunity find out more.

“It is important that if people are concerned about their memory that they speak to us because we will be able to signpost them in the right direction.

“We will be holding an open session at the office and also having a market stall because we know it’s important to talk.”

For further details, contact the society on 4275 443.