Dementia Awareness Week will run from June 3-9 and this year Alzheimer Scotland will be focusing on community connections – the links that people with dementia (and their carers, partners and families) need with the services and community around them in order to live well with their illness.
There will be events happening all over Scotland from Shetland to Stranraer, raising awareness about dementia and the challenges faced by the 86,000 people with the illness and their families.
Alzheimer Scotland’s Link Worker for Bute, Dot Gordon, said: “There are around 85 people with dementia on Bute. Locally, we provide support, advice, information, and working in partnership with Crossroads a monthly ‘Drop In’ for carers on the first Wednesday of the month at the Green Tree Cafe from 2-4pm, and a weekly memory group. You can contact us on 07780003564. Alternatively, you can call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hour freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.”
During Dementia Awareness week, the local Community Dementia Team will be at an information stall at the Co-op in Bridge Street on Wednesday, June 5 from 1-5pm. The Drop In session will also be on at the Green Tree Cafe from 2-4 that day, and all are welcome to attend.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said, “Everyone in Scotland will know someone living with dementia. Great progress has been made in starting to draw dementia out of the shadows. However we must ensure that people with dementia, their carers, partners and families are treated as equal and valyed citizens within our local communities.
“Everyone can help with this, from the simplest act of support to becoming a member of Alzheimer Scotland and helping us achieve our aim – that no-one should have to go through dementia on their own. We can all do something to help people with dementia live better with this illness.
“We are hugely grateful to the many individuals, groups and companies who support our work. We have a serious challenge ahead, given the scale of predicted increase in the number of people with dementia; we will need everyone’s help if we are to meet and overcome this challenge. Dementia Awareness Week allows us to focus everyone’s efforts toward this vital cause.”