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Roadshow to offer dementia advice hints

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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MORE than 10,000 people in Staffordshire are estimated to be suffering from dementia, according to a new survey.

The Alzheimer’s Society revealed 10,278 in the county are believed to have the condition, with only 4,000 of those diagnosed.

In East Staffordshire, 38.9 per cent of people who are living with the condition remain undiagnosed.

In a bid to try to combat the rise of dementia, the society is launching a specialist community roadshow across the county in a bid to raise awareness.

David Ash, Alzheimer’s Society area manager for the West Midlands, 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.”

The Alzheimer’s Society’s roadshow, which will take place on March 27 and 28, offers free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis.

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.

Details are the exact dates are expected to be revealed by the end of next week.

More information on the roadshow is available by visiting www.alzheimers.org.uk/roadshow

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