16 September 2008>
The Alzheimer's society recently held an open day to celebrate a move to its new office in Blackwood and to highlight its achievements so far.
Afternoon tea was served to guests including members of the public, carers and social care professionals. Also among the guests were Mayor of Caerphilly county borough council, Cllr. Anne Collins and Cabinet Member for Social Services, Cllr Judith Pritchard.
With support and funding from social services, the Alzheimer's society's Caerphilly branch provides help, support and advice to those affected by the disease. The funding also allows staff at the branch to deliver several key projects that assist carers and families to deal with the harsh reality of Alzheimer's.
It is estimated that over 1500 people in Caerphilly county borough live with dementia. The Alzheimer's society works in partnership with social and health care professionals to ensure that every person with a diagnosis and every carer receives the services that they deserve.
Beryl Williams, a carer for her husband who has dementia, expressed her thanks and admiration for the support she has received.
Speaking at the event, Beryl said, "The Alzheimer's Society should be proud of the achievements made at its branch in Caerphilly. The staff here have an uncanny ability to tap into our feelings and gain a deep understanding of our needs. They cannot do enough for us."
Mayor of Caerphilly county borough council, Cllr. Anne Collins, said, "The opportunities and support this branch delivers to people with dementia, and to their families and carers, is magnificent. The achievements made here on a daily basis are something to be proud of - I know that Caerphilly county borough is."
If you would like to know more about Alzheimer's or if you would like to speak to someone about the illness, you can reach the Alzheimer's Society's Caerphilly branch on 01495 233402.
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