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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Event highlights support on offer to Barrow dementia sufferers

CARERS, families and people in the early stages of dementia were given an insight into the services offered locally at a special open day.

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advice Lionel Parker, who has dementia, chats with Anne Reed, dementia support worker at the Barrow branch of the Alzheimer’s Society MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50063294B000

A drop-in session was held at the Barrow branch of the Alzheimer’s Society in Nelson Street to inform residents about the support services available in Furness to help residents affected by the disease.

The open day on Thursday was held ahead of Dementia Awareness Week when both local and national campaigns will encourage residents to become Dementia Friends – people who are willing to meet and talk with somebody with the disease.

Anne Reed, a dementia support worker with the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “These sort of events are important. They make people aware of what groups they have locally so people with dementia or people who care for them know somebody to help.

“It gives people a chance to come along and talk about it.”

Leaflets, information booklets and stalls were set up at the society’s Barrow headquarters in Robin House for the day-long session.

Roger Law, a volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Society, said the idea behind the open day was to encourage more people to discuss the issue and realise they were not alone.

He said: “We wanted to let people discuss problems they may have and let people see that there are others with problems too.

“There are numerous organisations within the town who have a similar interest to us.

“Dementia is not something that will go away. The numbers suggest that there will be an increase over the next 10 to 20 years so it concerns us all.”

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