Being aware of dementia

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THE Alzheimer’s Society Horsham branch is encouraging people to look beyond someone’s diagnosis of dementia and see the person not the condition during Dementia Awareness Week.

The this year’s theme is ‘Remember the Person’ and on Wednesday May 23 staff and volunteers will be in Horsham town centre from 11am to discuss dementia and the local services available for people living with dementia, their carers and family.

The charity’s town centre office at Barclays House, 51 Bishopric, will also be open to come in, have a chat and learn a bit more about dementia.

South East Area manager Chris Wyatt said: “During this year’s Dementia Awareness Week we are hoping local events like this will maximise awareness and understanding of dementia.

“Our research at Alzheimer’s Society shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia.

“This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.”

Anyone who would like more details about the event or are worried about someone who is confused and forgetful or affected by dementia, or are concerned about their own memory, can contact the charity Sussex Helpline on 01403 213017 or sussex.helpline@alzheimers.org.uk