Alzheimer’s Society in Exeter is encouraging residents to confront dementia this Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May).
Charity staff will be providing information about dementia and how to live well with the condition at the John Lewis store in Exeter on Tuesday 17 May.
People will get the chance to ask any questions they may have about dementia; find out what support is available locally; and learn how they can support people affected by dementia in their community by signing up to become a Dementia Friend. Staff will be available to chat between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesday 17 May in the Sidwell Street store.
This year’s Dementia Awareness Week the charity is helping people to face up to dementia and share their worries about the condition which is estimated to affect over 1,500 people in Exeter and 13,800 people across Devon.
Aimee Packwood, Dementia Friends Regional Support officer said: “We’d love to see as many people as possible join us at this event in Exeter. By openly talking about dementia we hope to tackle the many myths and misunderstandings about the condition and get across that life doesn’t end when dementia begins.
“The sooner you face up to dementia by coming to us for information and support, the sooner you can get the right treatment, support and advice to tackle it.
“Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia and there are lots of ways we can help you. Call our local office on 0300 123 2029 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW.”
The charity is also asking Exeter residents to confront their concerns by addressing dementia directly in a letter or sharing their thoughts and experiences at alzheimers.org.uk/DAW or on social media using #DAW2016.