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Sussex Brain Bus stops off at Ropetackle

Sussex Brain Bus comes to Ropetackle

Sussex Brain Bus stops off at Ropetackle

Audience members for the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie classic The King and I at Ropetackle on Monday (15 May) were also able to access information on dementia, as part of National Dementia Week 2023.

More than 30 people from the local community came to see the film and enjoy complimentary refreshments as part of Ropetackle’s monthy “relaxed and friendly” film programme, which is aimed at those suffering from dementia or memory loss. This week, they were also able to talk to representatives of the Sussex Brain Bus initiative on-site to find out simple steps they can take to keep their brain healthy.

The Sussex Brain Bus, which is one of the Stagecoach South 700 Coastliner fleet running from Brighton to Littlehampton, began its regular route alsong the seafront in March. It is emblazoned with art and information about dementia research and tips for keeping brains healthy. It is a joint project between psychology researchers at the University of Sussex and a local artist, Daniel Locke.

Dr Sarah King, Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Sussex School of Psychology, said: “The Sussex Brain Bus is a conversation starter to find out about dementia, the research we do at the University of Sussex and easy ways people can keep their brains in good shape. This brain exhibition on wheels is spreading the word to communities between Brighton and Littlehampton. When I have ridden the bus myself, it has sparked some great conversations with a diverse range of people.”

Nicky Thornton, Ropetackle’s marketing manager, said: “Our relaxed and friendly screenings are getting very popular. We have ‘specially trained stewards and staff to look after the audience members so they feel as safe as possible, and the films are chosen for their nostalgia value and musical content. It’s a great place to bring someone who may be struggling with memory loss and we are delighted to welcome experts along who can be on hand to answer questions and give advice, like today.”

Dementia affects nearly one million people across the UK, but a legacy of stigma and misunderstanding has led to widespread misconceptions about what it means to have the disease and what people can do to help improve the lives of those affected. Alzheimer’s Research UK Inspire Fund promotes initiatives, such as the Sussex Brain Bus, that tackle misconceptions about dementia and raise awareness of the importance of dementia research and good brain health.

Pictured l-r: Janice Langley, Chair, Adur Dementia Friendly Communities (ADFC), Dr Sarah King, University of Sussex, Sheila Powell, Member – ADFC

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