Res­i­dents take to the streets to share de­men­tia strug­gle

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

VOL­UN­TEERS took to the streets of Tyther­ing­ton in sup­port of a De­men­tia aware­ness cam­paign.

The par­tic­i­pants - in­clud­ing for­mer Manch­ester City goal­keeper Joe Cor­ri­gan - were in­volved in a the ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’ cam­paign which was or­gan­ised by lo­cal car­ers who look af­ter loved ones with de­men­tial.

It was or­gan­ised by Jean Ather­ton and Pam Jag­ger, who met through the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety peer sup­port group in Mac­cles­field.

Jean, who lives on Blair Gowrie Drive in Tyther­ing­ton, says de­men­tia is ‘in­vis­i­ble’ in that symp­toms can­not al­ways be seen.

She and Pam or­gan­ised the event be­cause they are wor­ried fund­ing might be cut for or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing car­ers of those liv­ing with the ill­ness.

She said: “It is now fully ac­cepted that Alzheimers and De­men­tia af­fects most fam­i­lies and there are many who suf­fer in si­lence leav­ing them to be­come iso­lated and afraid with no-one to turn to.

“The need to en­sure all es­sen­tial sup­port is in place and that will mean less pres­sure on our NHS and hos­pi­tal re­sources and peo­ple can still live as nor­mal a life as this ill­ness al­lows and car­ers own lives don’t suf­fer to the point that they no longer can care.”

The group walked from Tyther­ing­ton Fam­ily Wor­ship Church to the Tyther­ing­ton Club and back, and were joined by Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, Mac­cles­field’s Mayor Coun Alift Hare­wood Jones MBE and Coun Ains­ley Arnold.

Mr Rut­ley spoke with fel­low walk­ers and dis­cussed the im­por­tant work be­ing done to sup­port all who are af­fected by de­men­tia, in­clud­ing the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety’s “Singing for the Brain” ini­tia­tive.

Mr Rut­ley also learned more about the im­por­tant work of the Car­ers Trust and Cheshire East Coun­cil’s de­men­tia re­able­ment ser­vice, and dis­cussed con­cerns about pos­si­ble fund­ing chal­lenges.

He said: “It is a plea­sure to meet ded­i­cated lo­cal cam­paign­ers, car­ers and vol­un­teers who rightly want to high­light the im­por­tant sup­port of the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety and oth­ers for all those af­fected by de­men­tia.

“I am very pleased to have been able to add my sup­port and walked a mile in their shoes.”

●● Those tak­ing part in the walk in­cluded Mac­cles­field Mayor Coun Alift Hare­wood Jones MBE and Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley

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