Boris bangs the drum for Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety

MP meets group dur­ing De­men­tia Aware­ness Week

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BORIS John­son learned a les­son about de­men­tia and tried his hand at bongo drum­ming dur­ing an Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety De­men­tia Cafe meet­ing in Uxbridge.

The Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP met the group as part of De­men­tia Aware­ness Week (May 1521) and could not help but get in­volved in their ses­sion.

Char­ity staff and volunteers at the ser­vice shared in­for­ma­tion about de­men­tia and ex­plained how peo­ple can live well with the con­di­tion.

Boris took part in a De­men­tia Friends Ses­sion on Fri­day, when he tried his hand at the African drum­ming or­gan­ised for that day’s group ac­tiv­ity.

Mr John­son said: “It is great to see that Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety is invit­ing peo­ple to con­front de­men­tia head on this De­men­tia Aware­ness Week.

“It’s a won­der­ful way of tack­ling the many myths and mis­un­der­stand­ings about the con­di­tion.

“The mes­sage I have come away with today is that life doesn’t end when de­men­tia be­gins.”

The De­men­tia Friends ses­sions are de­signed to raise aware­ness, re­duce stigma and to help turn un­der­stand­ing into ac­tion.

Tim McLach­lan, oper­a­tions di­rec­tor for Greater Lon­don at Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, said: “It was fan­tas­tic to meet Boris John­son today and ev­ery­one who at­tends the De­men­tia Cafe was pleased to talk about how much they ben­e­fit from the ser­vice.

“This De­men­tia Aware­ness Week we are hop­ing to con­vey the mes­sage to ev­ery­one that the sooner you face up to de­men­tia by com­ing to us for help, the sooner you can get the right treat­ment, sup­port and ad­vice to tackle it.

“Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety is here for any­one af­fected by de­men­tia and there are lots of ways we can help you.

“Call our Na­tional De­men­tia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit our web­site.”

It’s a won­der­ful way of tack­ling the many myths and mis­un­der­stand­ings about the con­di­tion”

>>To see a video of Boris on the bon­gos go to getwest­lon­don.co.uk. n ‘FAN­TAS­TIC’: Boris John­son MP talks to Tim McLach­lan from the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety

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