Northumberland library to host dementia talk

Julie P�rksen and Claire Batey from the Alzheimers Society at the roving advice centre in Alnwick.
Julie P�rksen and Claire Batey from the Alzheimers Society at the roving advice centre in Alnwick.

A Northumberland library is to host a talk on dementia care in connection with the Alzheimer’s Society.

The talk, which is taking place at Alnwick Library, aims to make life a little easier for people suffering with this illness and their families.

The library service is hosting two Dementia Friends sessions by the Alzheimer’s Society at Alnwick Library on Thursday, March 19.

These brief talks are designed to gives an insight into what dementia is, how it can affect people and how you can make a difference.

Dementia currently affects more than 830,000 people in the UK and this figure is set to rise. Almost everyone will know a person or family affected by dementia.

Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “This talk provides the means of improving understanding and removing stigma and making sure we support people with the right advice and service so they can live well with dementia. The talks offer people a great chance to find out more about what dementia is.”

The talks will also shine light on the Dementia Friend scheme and how people can help make your community a friendlier and better place for people with dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend.

The talks take place from 2pm until 2.45pm and 3pm until 3.45pm. Although the event is offered free of charge, booking is essential on 01670 622154.

Meanwhile, Lib Dem Julie Pörksen is backing the Alzheimers Society in their work to improve awareness, diagnosis and support for those living with dementia and their families and carers.

There are estimated to be 1,245 people living with dementia in the Berwick constituency and more than a third of people are living without a diagnosis, which can be the key to unlocking vital help and support, such as that provided by the Alzheimers Society dementia advisers.

On Friday, Julie met the team of advisors from the Alzheimers Society who had set up a mobile advice centre in Alnwick Market Place to raise awareness and offer information, advice and support.

Julie said: “Many families will experience a family member or friend who has dementia, raising awareness is essential in helping people seek an early diagnosis. I meet many people in communities across Northumberland who really appreciate the support and practical advice they have received from the Alzheimers Society, and would encourage those who have not yet sought advice to do so.”

The Alzheimers Society run Singing for the Brain sessions at St Michael’s Parish Hall in Alnwick on the third Tuesday of every month from 1.30 to 3.30pm. Local dementia advisors can be reached on 01289 303143 or 01670 813255.