DEMENTIA Friendly Skipton and Dementia Forward are taking part in World Alzheimer’s Day later this month to raise awareness of the condition and to help support those living with dementia, and their families and carers.

They will be holding an event at The Three Links Club, Rectory Lane, on Saturday, September 21 when people will be able to find out more about alzheimers and dementia, to learn out about support available, while also enjoying refreshments, a tombola and craft stalls.

Barry Rogers, of Dementia Friendly Skipton, said this year the key message is ‘breaking the stigma’.

“Families affected by dementia are facing an illness that is often frightening and debilitating,” he said. “They should not also have to deal with ignorance, thoughtlessness and cruelty from the people around them.”

He added: “We often hear from carers who have had to deal with rude comments or stares while out in public with their loved one. We have heard from people with dementia who have had to listen to unpleasant jokes or thoughtless comments from people who just do not understand the realities of their condition.”

The event on Saturday, September 21 at the Three Links Club will run from 10am to 3pm.

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