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Dementia and mental health awareness in older adults

A special event offering information and advice on dementia and mental health is being held in Mortimer later this month.

The evening session is aimed at older people who are suffering from dementia or mental health issues, or people who are caring for family or friends.

It’s being held at St John’s Hall, Mortimer RG7 3TF, and has been organised by Mortimer Surgery’s Patient Participation Group to show people the wide range of support available and how to access it.

A group of speakers has been lined up to talk at the event, which is on Wednesday 26 June. They include Dr Matt Evans, Senior Consultant in Older Person’s Mental Health Services at Beechcroft Memory Clinic, Thatcham, and Michelle Berry, Chair of Reading's Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and Reading Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Co-ordinator (Older People’s Services).

There will be a range of information leaflets available promoting services like Social Prescribing which helps people find local groups and activities to join and make new friends.

Shirley Cullup, Chair of the Patient Participation Group, said: “so many people are unfortunately affected by mental health issues and dementia and it can be a very lonely and isolating experience. It’s also a huge responsibility for family and friends who are having to look after them. They often struggle to know where to turn for help.

“But there is a lot of help out there, it’s just knowing where to look and we hope this event will point people in the right direction.”
The event is free and starts at 6.45pm. Light refreshments will be available. Please ring 0118 933 2436 or email for more information and to reserve a place as numbers will be limited.


If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.