Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland runs from June 2-8, 2014, and this year the theme is ‘Let’s talk about dementia’, with events happening all over Scotland to mark the week.
Scotland needs to get talking about dementia, which affects 88,000 people across the country – more than one and a half times the capacity of our national football stadium at Hampden Park. Talking openly about dementia – in your town hall, supermarket, pub or living room – is a key step to overcoming stigma and avoiding isolation for everyone living with the illness.
Alzheimer Scotland’s Link Worker for Bute, Dot Gordon, says, “There are currently 100 people with a diagnosis of dementia on Bute. “Locally, we provide advice, information and support, a weekly Memory Group and working in partnership with Crossroads a Carers Support Group.
“You can contact me on 501398 or 07780003564. Alternatively, you can call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 hour, freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.”
This year on Tuesday, June 3, there will be an information session at Rothesay Library from 11am to 5pm where you can pick up leaflets, talk to staff from your local community dementia team, and ask any questions you may have.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said, “Every community in Scotland is affected by dementia. There are few families who are untouched by this illness. Yet many of us find it difficult to talk about dementia. We go out of our way to avoid discussing it.
“Talking about dementia won’t make it go away. But it will make sure that nobody is left to face dementia alone.
“By sharing experiences and raising awareness, we can change society’s attitude to the illness. We can encourage people to seek help when they are worried about their memory. We can improve standards of care and support. We can recognise and protect the fundamental human rights of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families.
“We can make our communities, our country, more dementia-friendly.”
* Alzheimer Scotland Regional Manager for Argyll and Clyde, Jan Johnston, is currently crewing on the Clipper Round the World Race. Jan joined her crew at the end of April and will be back with us in June. She is a keen sailor and dog lover and is undertaking this amazing adventure to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland and the Dementia Dog Project.
If you would like to support Jan you can donate by clicking here or locally to Dot Gordon.