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Waypoints Care Group support dementia research event

Waypoints Care Group is supporting a special event on Thursday 20 October, hosted by the Clinical Research Network (CRN) in Exeter for Memory Café and dementia support group co-ordinators from across Devon to find out more about the clinical research studies being conducted and the opportunities for patients, carers and the public to participate in dementia research.

The event at Cardinal Newman House in Wonford Road, from 12 noon to 3pm, is in partnership with Waypoints Care Group, providing specialist dementia care at their homes in Devon and Dorset. The event is open to Devon residents living with diagnosed dementia and their caregivers, who are encouraged to take part in this latest clinical dementia research study by signing up to Join Dementia Research.


Waypoints Director of Care Services Carl Bradley said: “We welcome an opportunity to support the clinical research endeavours in the West Country. Research gives hope to those living with dementia, their carers and communities. More of us will be touched through our families and friendship circles by this condition and the only way we can improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and achieve advances in treatments is through research.”


It is hoped that awareness of Join Dementia Research will be raised at the community level through the local Memory Café and dementia support groups in Devon. To book a place on this free event with lunch contact the Clinical Research Network on 01752 431386 or email: CRN.SWP@nhs.net  


CRN Clinical Research Speciality Lead for Dementias and Neurodegeneration Dr Ray Sheridan said: “Join Dementia Research provides a single point where people who would like to support research can make themselves known to researchers recruiting to studies. In the South West we have eight dementia research studies open for recruitment.”


Dr Sheridan added: “There are currently 1,290 volunteers in this region registered with Join Dementia Research, of which 14.3% are people living with dementia. We are seeking more volunteers with a dementia diagnosis as well as their caregivers to take part in research; though healthy members of the public can support this initiative too.  Registering interest in clinical research with this service gets potential participants one step closer to taking part in a study. Research ranges from new treatments to surveys about what works in improving quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.”


People over 18 years old can register their interest and it is possible to act as a representative on  behalf of someone interested in taking part in dementia research through Join Dementia Research via a national telephone service with charity helplines – Alzheimer’s Research UK 0300 1115 111 or Alzheimer’s Society 0300 222 1122 – or online at www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk

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