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Memory walk round Lido highlights work of Alzheimer's Society
A MEMORY Walk around Ruislip Lido on Saturday by Hillingdon Alzheimer's Society was staged to mark World Alzheimer's Action Day.
The walk was supported by staff at Hillingdon Council and Hillingdon Hospital, as well as many people who have known someone with dementia.
The walk comes less than a month after the launch of the Safer Walking Campaign, piloted by the council and Hillingdon Alzheimer’s Society, as the borough aims to become the first in London to fully endorse the awareness project.
A grant of £50,000 was provided by the council to support a two-year pilot scheme that enables people in the early stages of the illness to retain their independence by keeping as active as possible.
A key part of the scheme is to provide watches with sat-nav technology for people who suffer from dementia. If the wearer becomes confused or disorientated when away from home, there is a button they can press to call for help.
Linda Matthews, support services manager for the society in Hillingdon said Saturday's walk was to showcase what they do.
“It’s about getting rid of some of the stigma around dementia," she said. "It’s up to us, it’s not going to be cured overnight."
There are many more walks and events scheduled as part of World Alzheimer’s Month. To find out more, visit the website at www.alzheimers.org.uk.