Devon has one of the highest rates of Dementia in the UK and as the number of people diagnosed with the condition continues to rise, the need for good quality advice relevant to the local area has never been higher.

One Devon couple are on a mission to provide just such a service. Back in April, Elaine and  Norman McNamara set up the Purple Angel Dementia Centre in Paignton to provide advice, and signpost people to dementia services available in the local area. Having witnessed its success first hand, they have now opened another centre in Exeter.

To gain publicity and get the word out, they invited the Torquay Herald Express to report on the official opening:

Judy Spiers opens new dementia drop-in centre

By HEPaulGreaves  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

A NEW dementia drop-in centre inspired by a Torquay couple has opened in Devon.

The Purple Angel Dementia Centre in Exeter was officially unveiled by TV personality Judy Spiers.

It follows the opening in April of the first Purple Angel in Paignton.

The original ‘Angel’ is Elaine, partner of Norman McNamara, who is living with Lewy Body Dementia.

Norman said: “The people who attended the opening were some of the most genuine, hardworking people in the field of dementia I have ever met.

“We had co coordinators from local memory cafes, authors of carer advice books, and also an author of a dementia activities book, a solicitor who will advise on power of attorney, a sister from a local hospital who also runs a dementia friendly holiday home, management of Day Lewis chemist, steering group members of the Torbay dementia action alliance, Purple Angel dementia leadership group, and of course the unstoppable Judy Spiers BBC Presenter who opened it all for us.

“The most rewarding part of the day was when a lady , whose husband has Lewy Body’s type dementia, as I have, came into the centre with her husband and asked for advice. Such a good start. I have long said this is all about working together, sharing resources and putting the person with dementia first. With the coming together of such people it just proves this is the way forward.”

The Centre at Day Lewis Chemists, 88b Beacon Lane, Exeter will be open from 10am till 12pm every Thursday with a volunteer there during these times to answer questions and signpost people to local dementia services.

 The information table will be there six days a week and chemist staff will be more than happy to answer any questions on medication for dementia.

Article courtesy of the Torquay Herald Express, August 23rd 2014