12 November 2015

On tour to fight dementia through research

R&D tour busAWP's Research & Development (R&D) team are going on the road with their tour bus to tell you all about Join Dementia Research (JDR) and how you can volunteer to support the fight against dementia. Our aim is to get 1000 JDR volunteers registered by Christmas.

This tour could lead to a massive impact on the future of volunteers who sign up and get involved, as well as on the future of the wider population. JDR is a new service. It allows anyone over the age of 18 with, or importantly without a diagnosis of dementia, to register their interest in national dementia research and be matched to a huge range of research activities they might wish to take part in.

Vital studies into early diagnosis, prevention and new treatments for dementia are making progress but more volunteers are needed to ensure this continues.

The bus will be staffed by AWP's R&D team and 2gether (Gloucestershire mental health trust). They will be talking about JDR, handing out leaflets and encouraging you to sign-up. There will also be fun activities plus balloons, cakes, mince pies and children's games.

Look out for us between 10am-3pm on:

Monday 7th December              Stroud (King Street)

Tuesday 8th December              Weston-Super-Mare (Seafront Pier)

Thursday 10th December          Swindon (Orbital Asda)

Friday 11th December               Bristol (Callington Road Tesco)

Julian Walker Director of R&D said "When people are given a dementia diagnosis by their GP, they can be left wondering what to do next. Often, people want information about their diagnosis and the research studies that may be available to them. Our aim is to spread the word about Join Dementia Research so that everyone gets the chance to know what dementia research is available."  

Over 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK today. Many of us reading this know someone who has, or is affected by dementia and would like to do more to help fight this disease. Research is crucial as it looks at what new treatments work and how to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

JDR is supported by the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK. It helps people with dementia, their carers or anyone interested in dementia research. This tour, the first of its kind, is a collaboration between AWP, the local Clinical Research Network, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, local Councils and supermarkets.

Find out more about Join Dementia Research and how you can register here.


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