Roadshow will give out dementia information

Chris Wyatt, the Alzheimer's Society's regional operations manager for the south east
Chris Wyatt, the Alzheimer's Society's regional operations manager for the south east

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ANYONE with questions about dementia can put them to experts who will be in Portsmouth as part of a roadshow.

The Alzheimer’s Society dementia community roadshow is stopping off in the city for two days next week and will give people the chance to find out more about the disease.

Around 2,247 people in Portsmouth, 1,133 in Gosport, 1,819 in Fareham and 2,031 in Havant have the condition.

And the society says its research shows 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.

But this is set to increase dramatically – in less than 10 years it will rise to 1m and is predicted to soar to 2m by 2051.

This is why The News launched its campaign during Dementia Awareness Week with three pledges – to ensure people are dementia-aware, to make sure people help each other and ensure no-one feels alone.

The roadshow offers free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis.

It is open to people living with dementia, those who are worried about a friend or relative’s memory and those who just have questions about the condition. No appointment is needed.

The national tour will be stopping off at Commercial Road, Portsmouth from 10am to 4pm on August 11 and 12.

Chris Wyatt, Alzheimer’s Society’s regional operations manager for the south east, said: ‘Dementia is one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our generation.

‘Yet it continues to be a condition blighted with stigma and lack of understanding.

‘This can mean people who are worried about dementia in some way, or simply want to find out more, may not know where to turn.

‘The roadshow is the perfect way to get that information and support out to the people who need it.

‘We’re here to provide people with information about where to get help and encourage those with concerns about their memory to visit their GP.’