People in Cumbria are being urged to help tackle dementia in their local community

Posted on 19th February 2018

Throughout February, your local Rowlands Pharmacy will take part in a national dementia awareness campaign in partnership with Join Dementia Research and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Customers and the general public are being encouraged to go to a Rowlands Pharmacy branch to find out more about dementia and the important role they themselves could play in research studies which will help scientists understand what causes the condition, develop effective treatments, improve care and take steps towards finding a cure.

Everyone – not just those with dementia – is being encouraged to sign up to Join Dementia Research – a nationwide service that allows people to register their interest in studies – connecting volunteers to researchers.

Rowlands staff are being specially trained to offer advice, information and support. They are there to answer questions or concerns people may have about dementia as well as provide information about taking part in research. Leaflets, posters and Join Dementia Research registration forms will be on display.

Professor Martin Rossor, NIHR National Director for Dementia Research,

“Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK and sadly there are no treatments available today that can slow or stop the diseases like Alzheimer’s, that is the commonest. Research is making progress in tackling these diseases but we need more people to get involved in studies in their area to help researchers make faster progress. We urgently need people with dementia to sign up, but those without a diagnosis can also sign up and get involved in important studies. I am very pleased that opportunities to sign up to Join Dementia Research locally in Rowlands pharmacies are being provided”.

“Rowlands Pharmacy is your community health hub and is ideally placed for this kind of campaign”, Max Umerji, Rowlands Pharmacist at Milnthorpe pharmacy in Cumbria said. “Our role is more than simply dispensing medicine. We are at the frontline of providing the healthcare advice and support which people need. We take great pride in that role and caring for our patients is at the heart of what we do.”

The importance of volunteering to participate in trials was highlighted by Dr Laura Phipps of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“We are pleased to be involved in this important campaign because although dementia affects many people and families, there is still a lot of misunderstanding about the condition and research underway to tackle it.

We have made great strides forward in preventing and treating conditions such as heart disease and cancer, and we can make the same progress with dementia too. There are over 90 research studies across the UK looking for volunteers on Join Dementia Research, including studies looking at prevention or new ways to diagnose the condition; drug studies trialling new treatments; and surveys aiming to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers”.

One of the studies recruiting for volunteers in and around Cumbria is called AD Genetics, which is looking to identify what genetic, biological and environmental factors are involved in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

To find the nearest Rowlands Pharmacy branch you can follow this link www.rowlandspharmacy.co.uk

The public can sign up to Join Dementia Research via registration forms available in all Rowlands Pharmacies during the month-long campaign. Signing up to the service is also possible online at www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk or via Alzheimer’s Research UK’s helpline on 0300 111 5 111.

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