12 November 2015
On tour to fight dementia through research
AWP'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
Look out for us between 10am-3pm on:
Monday 7th December
Stroud (King Street)
Tuesday 8th December
Weston-Super-Mare (Seafront Pier)
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.