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PNE players supporting public Dementia event!

Posted on the 16th September 2015

On Thursday 24 September special guests including players from Preston North End Football Club will be attending a Dementia event open to the public at the Minerva Health Centre.

The event is led and hosted by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and will take place between 1pm to 3.30pm in the foyer of the health centre. It is open to anyone including servicer users, carers and members of the public and there will be plenty of information on offer including what signs and symptoms to look for in family members and how to get help and support for someone living with the disease. It is being held as part of World Alzheimer’s Month and aims to challenge the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s in order to improve the lives of people living with the disease. Players from the football club are supporting the awareness month by coming along to the event and will be chatting to members of the public who attend.

Jo Blofeld Patient and Public Involvement Lead for Central Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"We are absolutely thrilled that Preston Football Club is supporting our event, there is so much misinformation and stigma around Alzheimer’s and the only way to change this is to educate people about the disease. It’s a great opportunity to raise the profile of this event so we can reach more people and communicate the message that you can live well with Dementia."

Andy Haythonthwaite, Head of Community at Preston North End Football Club said:

"The club is excited to be taking part in such a great event. Alzheimer’s is something that can affect anyone, whether that’s directly or through friends or family. We are looking forward to raising awareness and working together with the Trust."

The event will be a great opportunity for people to start to talk about their experiences of living with or caring for someone with Dementia. The theme for World Alzheimer's Month 2015 is ‘Remember Me’ and the aim is to encourage people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of Dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with Dementia, or those who may have passed away. There are currently estimated to be 44 million people worldwide living with Dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 135 million by 2050 which makes it so important to raise awareness of the disease.