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Raising community awareness of dementia services

Lesley Killen and Colin Downey, from the Alzheimer's Society, pictured at awareness raising event for Dementia Awareness Week in Tesco, Newtownabbey. INNT 22-481-CON

Lesley Killen and Colin Downey, from the Alzheimer's Society, pictured at awareness raising event for Dementia Awareness Week in Tesco, Newtownabbey. INNT 22-481-CON

An outreach event has taken place in Newtownabbey to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s.

The event was held at Tesco last Wednesday during Dementia Awareness Week.

It was organised by the Alzheimer’s Society to offer the community the opportunity to share their concerns about dementia.

The session also provided the opportunity for people to learn more about dementia and how the Alzheimer’s Society can help.

Colin Downey, for Alzheimer’s Society, in Northern Ireland, said: “Dementia has replaced cancer as the health condition people fear most.

“It is therefore no surprise that many people feel confused or even ashamed to talk about it. It is important to seek help.

“The sooner you know what you’re dealing with, the sooner you can get on with your life and feel in control again. “

Alzheimer’s Society has a range of services which support people with dementia and their carers in East Antrim. For details, please contact Lesley Killen, dementia support worker on (028) 9086 1871.

The charity is also hoping that local businesses and individuals will hold their own fundraising events between 18 – 24 May 2013 to raise valuable funds for people with dementia and their carers. From a pop-up restaurant to a picnic in the garden, an art event to a street party, whatever you decide to do, the money you raise will help improve the lives of people with dementia and their families in our local communities. For lots of great fundraising ideas, go to alzheimers.org.uk/grandopening

 
 
 

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