Dementia Community Roadshow parks up in North Tyneside

Alzheimer's Society volunteer Elaine Browell, right, and dementia support worker Adam Stewart.
Alzheimer's Society volunteer Elaine Browell, right, and dementia support worker Adam Stewart.

North Tyneside residents will have the opportunity to find out a little more about dementia as the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community Roadshow rolls into the area.

The pioneering national tour will be stopping off in North Shields town centre as it aims to increase awareness and understanding of the condition which affects more than 2,806 people across the borough.

Anyone seeking help should look out for the charity’s roadshow team when they head to the bustling Bedford Street on Thursday, February 19, (10am to 4pm).

Staff 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.

The roadshow is back in North Shields by popular demand as staff were deluged with requests for help when it rolled into the town last summer.

Jac Robson, the Alzheimer’s Society services manager who is organising the visit, is urging residents to take advantage of the initiative.

She said: “Dementia is one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our generation, yet it continues to be a condition plighted 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.”

For further details contact the Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle office on (0191) 298 3989.