Alzheimer’s Society in Andover is encouraging residents to unite against dementia this Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May). On Wednesday 17 May between 1 and 2pm, charity staff and volunteers will be hosting a Dementia Friends session at Andover Library to encourage local people to tackle dementia by volunteering, donating or campaigning for change.

This year, Alzheimer’s Society is asking people to come together to unite against dementia, forgetting their differences to help urgently find a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding during Dementia Awareness Week.

Kelly Inwood, Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in North Hampshire, said:

“We’re calling on people in Andover to show their support at this Dementia Friends session this Dementia Awareness Week.

“Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all. It’s set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and so many people are facing it alone.

“People with dementia often feel – and are – misunderstood, marginalised and isolated but with the right support and understanding they can continue to live fulfilling lives and make a contribution to their communities. So, unite with us now and join us on Wednesday 17 May.”

There are 1,714 people are living with dementia in the Test Valley area. Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia. The charity provides information and support, to find out more call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW

Unite with us now at alzheimers.org.uk

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