Dementia Research tour bus coming to Grantham

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Staff from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) will be teaming up with Join Dementia Research and the Alzheimer’s Society in a series of community roadshows.

The pioneering roadshows provide an opportunity to put questions to local dementia support workers about the condition which affects about 60,000 people across the East Midlands.

Research and effectiveness staff from LPFT will lend a helping hand to join the roadshow tour bus when it heads to Lincolnshire for three days this week, arriving at Grantham’s Downtown store off Gonerby Lane on Thursday (March 10). The roadshow will be open from 10am to 4pm.

For the first time, the event will also be a chance to find out more about Join Dementia Research, a campaign run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which is compiling a database of people who are interested in taking part in research relating to dementia - its causes, potential cures and everyday care.

The roadshows aim to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition and offer free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis.

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

Tracy McCranor, LPFT’s research and development coordinator, said the team is delighted to be taking part in the innovative roadshows.

“The research team is working hard to promote Join Dementia Research. We want to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to register and take part in trials appropriate for them,” she said.

“The response has been very positive and we are really looking forward to being part of the Lincolnshire roadshows.”

Diane Smith, regional operations manager for Alzheimer’s Society in the East Midlands, 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 that people who are worried about dementia in some way, or simply want to find out more may not know where to turn.

“The Dementia Community 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.”

This is why the NIHR, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society, has developed ‘Join Dementia Research’, a new service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.

If you are interested in helping research into the condition, you can sign up to Join Dementia Research at www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk

Or if you need assistance call Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5111 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) or alternatively call Alzheimer’s Society 0300 222 1122 (Monday to Wednesday 9am-8pm, Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm)