CHARITY staff and volunteers will be out in force in Morpeth to encourage residents to get talking about dementia.
People can take advantage of a series of awareness-raising initiatives in the town, where there will be an opportunity to hear about the services being offered by Alzheimer’s Society in the area and for advice about the condition.
As part of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs until Saturday, May 25, a trio of expert staff will be manning an Alzheimer’s Society information stall at Sanderson Arcade on Wednesday and there will be stands at churches in and around the town and an information point at Morpeth Library.
In addition, there will be some activities at Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre on Tuesday.
Danielle Hayes, Alzheimer’s Society Support Services Manager for the North of Tyne locality, said: “The theme of Dementia Awareness Week is ‘Worrying changes nothing; talking changes everything’ and so we are hoping that anyone with concerns about dementia will decide it’s now time to talk about 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.
“We will be out and about around Morpeth all week so this is a great opportunity to find out more, talk to us, and join the conversation that everyone’s talking about.”
Alzheimer’s Society research shows that about 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia and more than half have the Alzheimer’s disease.
The charity has a range of services which support people with the condition and their carers in and around Morpeth, such as a weekly Dementia Cafe and a Dementia Support Service.
For further details, contact staff at the office in Wellway on 01670 511159.