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Support centre lends a helping hand; Dementia service opens in Liverpool.

Byline: BECKY DEWHURST

A SPECIALIST dementia support centre featuring an interactive 4D theatre has opened in Liverpool.

The Sedgemoor Dementia Support Centre in Norris Green is a purpose-built PS1.2m council-run centre providing assessment and respite facilities for those with dementia.

Through the use of videos and phs otographs the 4D theatre will allow people to 'immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and even smells of the past'.

Councillor Roz Gladden, assistant mayor and cabinet member for adult social care, said: "This is a superb facility which will offer stateof-the-art support and care for those with dementia and their families."

The centre is expected to be used by around 30 people per day and is believed to be the first of its type in the country.

Kathryn Ryan, daughter and carer of Catherine Nicholls who will use the centre when it opens in June, said: "She loves it and she loves mixing with other people. The centre is a good support. It gives me a break and I know my mum is safe and enjoying herself."

Other features of the centre include a sensory garden with an easy-to-navigate circular design and extensive use of the colour red as it is stimulating for people with dementia.

Currently there are more than 4,000 older people in Liverpool suffering from dementia and the figure is set to rise to an estimated 5,300 by 2025.

This year is Liverpool's Year of Dementia awareness campaign as part of the Decade of Health and Wellbeing.

The campaign aims to develop an understanding and awareness of dementia and to work towards creating dementia friendly environments.

Singer/songwriter Jess Beatson performed her own song at the centre opening titled 'So If You Forget Me', inspired by her dad who has Alzheimer's.

The song is available to download on iTunes with proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Society.

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CARE STAFF: From left, Colin Fahy, Anna Brasier, Mary Holt and Alison Brown

SINGER: Jess Beatson performing So If You Forget Me

QUIET CORNER: Cathy Nicholls, 86, from Norris Green in the garden

NEW APPROACH: The hi-tech interactive 4D theatre Pictures: Andrew Teebay

Pictures: Andrew Teebay
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Date:May 17, 2013
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