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Bromford Support, over 60s, Newport, Alzheimers

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OLDER people in a Shropshire market town are being offered a golden opportunity to find out more about the care, support and leisure-time activities that they can take up to enhance their quality of life.

The wide range of options open to people who are 60 plus will be on show over three information-packed afternoons at Bromford Support's Elkington Close sheltered housing scheme off Ford Road, Newport.

Experts from the Alzheimer's Society, Admiral Nurses - mental health specialists in dementia - and social workers will all be on hand at the 60 Plus - Looking Forward event alongside Bromford Support colleagues, police officers and firefighters.

All of them will be talking to visitors about what they can do to help the over-60s and there will be twice-daily speakers tackling topical issues such as Alzheimer's, care agencies and raising awareness about the threat from so-called distraction burglaries.

The sessions start on Tuesday July 5 and finish on Thursday July 7 and are open to the public from 1.30pm until 4pm each day.

Bromford Support scheme manager Veronica Dawson urges older people living in Newport not to miss out. She says: "This is a great opportunity for local over-60s to find out about some of the services and support that is available right on their own doorsteps.

"I know there are a lot of older people living in Newport and some of them are struggling with health or other problems. They may not know what help is there if they need it or where to go to, so I decided to organise this event as a way of helping them to achieve a better quality of life."

Visitors are welcome to turn up at Elkington Close, Newport, next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 1.30pm and 4pm. If you want to know more, call Veronica Dawson on 01952 812429.