Demfest 2015

Blue skies and picturesque gardens set the perfect scene for the first ever Demfest 2015 event, held at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey.

The day was filled with inspiration, innovation and education, aimed at increasing the Dementia Friendly Community in Hampshire.


So what is Dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. Your risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65.

Common symptoms include:
• memory loss
• thinking speed
• mental agility
• language
• understanding
• judgement

How do we want to help?

Valley Leisure, as a member of the Hampshire Dementia Alliance, is working towards expanding the reach of our services for those living with or caring for someone with Dementia, as well as improving the experience of services for those with Dementia and their carers.

Liz Murray, Community Development Manager at Valley Leisure said: It was fantastic to be part of this event as it brought our community work to life. It was clear that we, as an organisation, have a clear role to play in supporting carers with their health and wellbeing in order for them to support the ones they care for.


As part of the event, Valley Leisure gave away a 6 month membership for the Toning Centre at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex.

The Toning Centre is a lighter alternative to the gym, designed to help improve fitness and mobility through power assisted equipment. The machinery moves with the user, allowing them to place their desired amount of pressure and effort into the exercise.


To find out more or to book a free trial at the Toning Centre, please visit our website HERE or alternatively call 01794 835 568.

Dementia help and support are available

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you are not alone. Dementia UK offers an Admiral Nursing DIRECT, a national dementia specialist helpline and email service, provided by experienced Admiral Nurses and is for family and professional carers, people with dementia and those worried about their memory.

Call the helpline on 0845 257 9406 or email



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