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Dementia awareness roadshow stops off at Hackney Central

PUBLISHED: 09:40 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:03 26 February 2016

Left to right: Tesco people manager David Warren, Sian Berry, Tesco manager Anton Depass, dementia support manager Steve Reading, dementia action alliance coordinator Phil Cowley and advisor Claire Davies

Left to right: Tesco people manager David Warren, Sian Berry, Tesco manager Anton Depass, dementia support manager Steve Reading, dementia action alliance coordinator Phil Cowley and advisor Claire Davies

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Experts were on hand to promote awareness of dementia when a roadshow came to Hackney Central this week.

Alzheimer’s Society advisors set up shop outside Tesco, Morning Lane to talk about the condition affecting almost 1,300 people in the borough, offering help and advice to shoppers.

The charity believes with support from the Mayor and London Assembly it can lead the way in dementia care for the rest of the world.

North east London operations manager David Morris said: “Being diagnosed with dementia can be a daunting and overwhelming experience and it can also be a difficult time for carers. But with the right support people can live well with the condition.”

Green Party London Mayoral candidate Sian Berry dropped by to learn about dementia at the first session on Tuesday.

She said: “If I’m elected I will do my bit to help make London dementia friendly by training frontline TfL staff – who already have a superb customer service record - to be dementia-aware, and Green Assembly Members will lead the way by going on dementia-awareness courses ourselves.”

Tory assembly member Andrew Boff, who visited the roadshow yesterday, said awareness of the disease was essential.

For more information about dementia community roadshows visit alzheimers.org.uk/roadshow or call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

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