The Alzheimer’s Show, the first UK exhibition and conference providing information and solutions to people living with or caring for someone with dementia, attracted nearly 1,800 visitors (unaudited).
The event, at the Royal Horticultural Halls on 19 and 20 April, had nearly 50 exhibitors. Around 65 per cent of visitors either had dementia or were caring for a family member or friend who has the illness.
The Alzheimer’s Show is set to return next spring, in a larger London venue. There are also plans for a parallel event, to take place in the North of England.
“The show was a great success,” said Nigel Ward, the founder and director of The Alzheimer’s Show. “We were confident from our research that there was a need for such a dedicated event. We just didn’t realise how many people are looking for positive solutions to the dementia care conundrum.
“Nearly half of the visitors stayed all day and 90 per cent said they would attend a future event.”
The Royal Horticultural Society is embarking on an £18m redevelopment after completing its Royal Horticultural Hall sale last year.
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