After attending our first Alzheimer’s Show as exhibitors, we look back on some of the Alz Show 2016 highlights.

Last Friday and Saturday was the Alzheimer’s Show 2016 at London’s Olympia. We had a stand at the show and it was a fantastic experience for all involved.

Just a year earlier, Unforgettable was made up of just four team members, and we attended the show as visitors. The site hadn’t launched at that point and it was difficult trying to explain to people there what the site was about or what we were trying to achieve.

So it was both exciting and satisfying to have our own stand this year where we could demonstrate just some of the 2000 products on our site designed to help people affected by dementia cope better.

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It was great to meet some of our customers face-to-face, chat to people who hadn’t yet heard of us and explain how we were trying to help people. It also helped that our stand was right by the Talks & Topics Theatre, which meant we got a steady stream of passers-by.

Popular products

Some of the most popular products on our stand included the Companion Puppy, which is a soft, furry battery-operated puppy whose stomach moves up and down as if he’s breathing. The EatWell set, with its eye-catching colours, seemed to grab people’s attention, as well as the two day clocks which we brought along – the Day Clock and the MemRabel2.

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Meeting people

A real highlight for the Unforgettable team was meeting so many different people, particularly carers and those affected by dementia. It was really interesting to hear their feedback on products and also meet the people who they were caring for, who often accompanied them along to the show. Their stories and challenges have provided us with some real inspiration and helped galvanise to keep doing what we do and working to improve what we can offer.

Meeting other dementia product suppliers, care providers and professionals in the market was also very useful and interesting. One of the Unforgettable team members (not mentioning any names…Hannah!) also got rather excited when TV presenter Angela Rippon gave a talk at the Talks & Topics Theatre right by our stand, and proceeded to take multiple photos.

Angela Rippon

James' talk

On Saturday lunchtime, our founder James also gave a talk at the Exhibitors Workshop about his own personal story with dementia, and his thoughts on the dementia products of the future. He’d soon drawn a large crowd of people, not only sitting in the seats provided, but also stood round the outside, and it was fantastic to see these people then head to our stand straight afterwards to hear more about Unforgettable.

We hope that all those who attended the show, either as visitors or exhibitors, found it as fun and as satisfying as we did. See you in 2017!

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