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2 September 2011, 06:00
The UK’s first ever Dementia Community Roadshow is in Watford today (Friday 2 September).
With nearly 5,500 people predicted to be living in West Hertfordshire with undiagnosed dementia in 2021, Alzheimer's Society’s Roadshow is a vital first step in providing much needed information and advice about the condition.
The vehicle will be at the Watford Tesco store on Lower High Street and will be open to visitors between 10am and 4pm.
People who are currently living with dementia, are worried about a friend or relative’s memory, or have questions about the condition are encouraged to drop by with no appointment necessary.
Paul Dunnery, East Area Manager at Alzheimer's Society, has been telling Heart:
“It’s really worrying that 63 per cent of people with dementia in West Hertfordshire don’t have access to the help and support they need to live well with the condition. This partnership with Tesco has enabled us to establish a Roadshow that really is pioneering. It will help us reach out to communities, tackle stigma by raising awareness of the condition and encourage people who are worried about their memory to visit their GP.”
Josh Hardie, Head of Corporate Responsibility, said:
“With stores across West Hertfordshire, we’re really proud to help Alzheimer's Society raise awareness of dementia throughout the region. Our staff and customers have already been showing great support for our Charity of the Year and we hope that together we can build a better future for people with dementia.”