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Dementia bus to visit Orpington so people can experience living with the illness

PUBLISHED: 11:37 02 May 2017

Free advice on dementia will be provided at the local Tesco

Free advice on dementia will be provided at the local Tesco

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It's part of Dementia Awareness Week

A series of dementia-friendly events are coming to Orpington in support of Dementia Awareness Week which runs from May 14-20.

Orpington High Street will host a dementia bus, giving guests the chance to experience what it can be like to live with the disease, on May 16.

By experiencing how dementia might affect people, Orpington 1st Business Improvement District (BID) who are sponsoring the town’s events, say local businesses and organisations can better meet the needs of customers using their services. There are over 4,000 people living with dementia across Bromley.

On the same day, Tesco will be hosting talks with charities and organisations, so the public can find out more about the dementia services and support the town has to offer.

And the Odeon cinema will also be playing its first dementia-friendly film screening, an adapted version of Mamma Mia at 11.30am.

Bromley Dementia Support Hub, and Bromley Dementia Action Alliance, have offered support for the events alongside Orpington BID.

Sharon Baldwin, executive diretor of Orpington BID said: “I am delighted with the response the community in Orpington has shown for ensuring this growing group of customers are made to feel welcome and supported in their local high street.

“The BID directors had no hestiation in supporting this initiative and look forward to a close partnership with all those involved in the months and years to come ensuring that Orpington really is better for business and better for customers.”

Mark Saddler, manager of Bromley Dementia Support Hub, said: “With one of the highest rates of dementia in any London borough, it is important that local businesses and public services understand how dementia is affecring more of their customers. The virtual dementia bus will give businesses and services a powerful, personal experience of what it might be like to live with dementia and apply learnings to their customer interactions and experience on daily basis.

“We are proud to be working in partnership with so many cross-sector partners for the week-long initiative. Their involvement shows how important it is to make the borough a dementia-friendly community for the benefit of everuone living and working in Bromley.”

For more information about events taking place for Dementia Awareness Week visit bromleydementiasupporthub.org.ukdementia-awareness-week-2017

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