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Dedicated Dementia Centre Is Needed For Town's 3,000 Sufferers

Thursday March 14 2013

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A DEDICATED centre for people with dementia is needed for the town's 3,000 sufferers, according to a group which helps them.

Barnsley Independent Alzheimer and Dementia Support wants to raise £45,000 to open its own centre to give local people the services and activities they and their carers need to help them cope with the debilitating disease.

It comes in the week that it was revealed dementia and Alzheimer's has risen from the 24th leading cause of death in the UK to the tenth in the last 20 years.

Experts say one in three people over 65 will develop dementia and more funding into research is needed.

At the moment BIADS is being forced to split its services between two sites, at Barnsley Community Build on Sheffield Road and Sheffield Road Baptist Church, on the edge of the town centre.

They're hoping to relocate to the vacant Galtee More doctor's surgery on Doncaster Road.

"It's always been a dream to open our own centre - we want to be able to offer more services to more people in Barnsley," said its chief officer, Linda Pattison, who's also won a Proud of Barnsley award for exceptional achievement.

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Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday March 14 2013 at 17:15
This is fantastic news. If BIADS can open a dementia centre in Barnsley it will help so many people. I don't think I know a family in Barnsley who has a member affected by this cruel disease.

It might help if Social Services and councillors got behind this project. Both serve the same residents interests.

Reply Posted by trish on Saturday March 16 2013 at 22:18
i hope it becomes possible! This service is really needed.

Reply Posted by cheryll on Saturday March 16 2013 at 22:51
a knit and natter club is hoping to start at st johns church cudworth the more awareness the better and they have a large newly built church hall which is ideal

Reply Posted by Michelle on Sunday March 17 2013 at 07:40
Yes but are they going to have to pay for it if they have any savings? I have friends nearly 80 and she has to pay if she sends him to day care which i think is digusting when he has worked all his life and im not even going to start on those who get everything for free.