Leading Bristol charity aims to tackle the stigma of dementia at free event

The BRACE Dementia Research team in BristolThe BRACE Dementia Research team in Bristol
The BRACE Dementia Research team in Bristol | The BRACE Dementia Research team in Bristol
The event is aimed at anyone interested in learning more about dementia, as well as people with dementia, their families and friends

A leading Bristol-based charity is hoping to get everyone talking about dementia and help tackle the stigma around it at a unique, free event in Bristol.

BRACE Dementia Research’s Let’s Talk Dementia event takes place on Saturday September 30, just after World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21) and at the end of World Alzheimer’s Month, both of which aim to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses.

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The free event is aimed at anyone interested in learning more about dementia, as well as people with dementia, their families and friends.

Taking place at the Paintworks event space from 10am-5pm, it will bring together a whole host of experts and organisations offering wide-ranging advice and support.

Exhibitors include dementia medics, specialist solicitors and dementia care experts, Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service, and local charities such as Alive Activities who support older people and their carers in various ways, including through their dementia allotments.

There will also be a researcher who is working on the development of the early Alzheimer’s Fastball test, which has been funded by BRACE.

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For those keen to get involved in research, there will also be the chance to learn more about South West research volunteer opportunities, for people with, and without, dementia.Alongside the exhibitors, there will be a range of fun activities for all ages to enjoy.

The RWA Bristol will be running family-friendly and dementia-friendly art sessions, and there will be a giant inflatable brain dome that visitors can step inside to watch engaging, short shows about the brain.

Chris Williams, director at BRACE Dementia Research, said: “If you are living with dementia or are caring for someone with dementia, it can feel isolating, overwhelming and difficult to know where to turn. We wanted to create an event that would bring together a range of experts and provide support and advice in a friendly setting.

“This event isn’t just for people currently affected by dementia – one in two people will experience dementia in their lifetimes, whether through caring for a loved one or developing dementia themselves.

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“We want to tackle the stigma around dementia and get everyone talking about it – we all need to better understand it. We’re hoping to see local people from all walks of life in the Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas coming together to make the most of the free activities and free expert advice on offer throughout the day. Children, grandparents, families and friends – this event is for everyone.”

The charity has played a key part in the development of an early Alzheimer’s test, Fastball, which has recently been awarded £1.5m funding from the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) to support further research and the development of the test for wider NHS use.

Over five years, Fastball will be tested on 1,000 patients in a dementia clinic at the Bristol Brain Centre representing the biggest study using EEG for Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

To learn more about this event and to book free tickets: www.alzheimers-brace.org/events/lets-talk-dementia/

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