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Alzheimer’s Society helps Lincolnshire residents to ‘open up about dementia’

Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon and Mayoress Julie Saxon with Sharon Smethers from the Alzheimers Society and the 'Dont Bottle It Up' bottles for Dementia Awareness Week.

Skegness Mayor Coun George Saxon and Mayoress Julie Saxon with Sharon Smethers from the Alzheimers Society and the 'Dont Bottle It Up' bottles for Dementia Awareness Week.

 

The Lincolnshire branch of the Alzheimer’s Society encouraged people to talk about their dementia concerns at two special events held recently.

During Dementia Awareness Week local residents were invited to attend information days held in Boston and Skegness.

There were opportunities at each event to learn more about dementia and how the Alzheimer’s Society could help.

The Dementia Information Day held at the Grand Central complex on Grand Parade, Skegness, was held on May 21, with organisations from across the area coming together to offer help to people living with the condition.

The Skegness event was opened by Skegness’s mayor, Coun George Saxon and mayoress Julie Saxon and included information stands from organisations including MacMillan Cancer Support, Community Lincs, Care Watch, Age UK and Wiltshire Farm Foods.

Sharon Smethers from Alzheimer’s Society in Lincolnshire organised the event.

She 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. We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time, but 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. Events such as this are a great opportunity to find out more about how the Alzheimer’s Society and other organisations can help you.”

There are thought to be around 11,000 people living with dementia in Lincolnshire.

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society in Lincolnshire, contact 01522 692681.

 

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