Find out more about dementia at a stall in Hackney next week

The Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people in Hackney to discuss dementia for Dementia Awareness Week.

A stall at Tesco in Morning Lane is going to be set up between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday May 23 to raise awareness of the condition whose symptoms can include confusion, irritability and aggression, mood swings, trouble with language, and long-term memory loss..

Cllr Jonathan McShane, cabinet member for health, social care and culture will make an appearance between 1pm and 2.30pm to demonstrate Hackney Council’s commitment to working with Alzheimer’s Society staff to support those affected in the borough.

It is estimated there are 800,000 people in the UK with dementia, and 1,500 people in Hackney are affected.

Another stall will be help at Homerton University Hospital on Thursday May 24 from 10am to 3pm at the PALs office.

Steven Reading, Alzheimer’s Society dementia adviser for Hackney and City said: “We need to tackle the misunderstanding surrounding dementia if we are to ensure people with dementia are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”