PEOPLE of Evesham will have the opportunity to put their questions to the experts and find out a little more about dementia on Tuesday March 20 as the Alzheimer’s Society Roadshow rolls into town.

The pioneering national tour will be stopping off at Evesham Market Place from 10am to 4pm as it aims to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition which affects an estimated 4,300 people across South Worcestershire.

It will offer free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis. The Mayor of Evesham, Richard Jones, is expected to be in attendance.

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

Hein van der Steen from Evesham Dementia Action Alliance said: “Only the community at large can deliver ‘Living well with dementia’ and most of us will experience ‘living with dementia’ personally or through relatives and friends at some point in our lives. It is in everybody’s interest to live in a society where ‘living well with dementia’ is a normal aspect of life.”

Since its launch in 2011, the roadshow has reached more than 200,000 people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and provided valuable support and information.

Kumbi Mandiyenya, operations manager for Alzheimer’s Society 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.”

Members of the Evesham Dementia Action Alliance will also be on hand to give information about local activities and initiatives provided by local organisations who are all working together to make Evesham a dementia friendly community.