Dementia team hold Rothesay awareness events

Val Connell and Robert Waters from the Bute and Cowal community dementia team outside Rothesay's Co-operative supermarket on Wednesday, June 5.
Val Connell and Robert Waters from the Bute and Cowal community dementia team outside Rothesay's Co-operative supermarket on Wednesday, June 5.

Members of Bute’s community dementia team set up an information stall in Rothesay on Wednesday as part of a programme of events for Dementia Awareness Week across Argyll and Bute.

We met community dementia worker Val Connell and community psychiatric nurse Robert Waters outside the town’s Co-operative supermarket, where they spent the afternoon handing out leaflets and DVDs and answering questions from shoppers on the subject.

“A large part of what we’re doing is trying to make people aware of dementia and working to make communities more dementia-friendly,” Val said.

“For example, if you’re in a queue in a shop, standing behind someone who has the illness, it’s important not to rush them, and treat them with patience and respect.”

Wednesday also saw the latest in a series of regular monthly drop-in sessions aimed at people who care for someone with dementia, held at the Green Tree Cafe in the town.

“Raising awareness of dementia within the community, and being there for people, is the really important thing,” Dot Gordon, Alzheimer Scotland’s dementia link worker on Bute, told us.
“Coping with dementia is a bit like double-glazing - it’s not really something most people are interested in until they need to get new windows.”

For more information on the local community dementia team, which covers Cowal as well as Bute, call 01369 703244.