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Dementia centre opens

PUBLISHED: 13:07 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

A CENTRE that offers support and advice to sufferers of dementia and their carers has been officially opened. MP for Chislehurst Bob Neill opened the MindCare Dementia Support centre, run by charity Bromley Mind, at Giggs Hill Church, St Paul s Cray on M

A CENTRE that offers support and advice to sufferers of dementia and their carers has been officially opened.

MP for Chislehurst Bob Neill opened the MindCare Dementia Support centre, run by charity Bromley Mind, at Giggs Hill Church, St Paul's Cray on Monday.

The centre started, which taking referrals in January, offers support to sufferers of dementia, including programmes to aid memory, reduce confusion and to help maintain physical health.

For family carers, the centre is also a source of information, advice and regular respite. Lynne Powrie, chief executive of Carers Bromley, said: "Along with many of our partner organisations, Carers Bromley was delighted to learn that Bromley Mind's new centre for dementia sufferers has opened. Caring for someone with dementia can cause many difficulties and there are carers in the borough who do not obtain the full support they need because they do not fully recognise themselves as carers."

According to the Bromley Primary Care Trust, some 3,000 people in the borough are living with the effects of the degenerative condition, whilw 1,000 are diagnosed with the condition each year.

Bromley Mind is based in Station Road, Orpington.

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