Reaching out for dementia help

Hazel Bayley, Alzheimer's Society's area manager for the North West.
Hazel Bayley, Alzheimer's Society's area manager for the North West.
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A dementia roadshow will be coming to Blackpool next week, as figures reveal it is estimated less than half of those with the condition have actually been diagnosed.

The Alzheimer’s Society says in 2012, there were an estimated 1,972 people in Blackpool living with dementia, but only 917 had a diagnosis. In North Lancashire, which covers Fylde and Wyre, the charity estimates there are 5,462 people who have the condition, with 2,510 diagnosed.

Its dementia community roadshow will be visiting Tesco on Clifton Road, Marton next Tuesday and Wednesday, between 10am and 4pm.

People living with dementia, or worried about their own or relative or friend’s memory or with any questions, can drop by for free information and advice.

Hazel Bayley, Alzheimer’s Society’s area manager for the North West, said: “The roadshow helps us to reach out to local communities and people who may not know where to turn for elp.”

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