Have a blether about dementia over a cuppa

Alzheimer Scotland wants the community to start talking about dementia, particularly during Dementia Awareness Week (June 1-7).
Alzheimer Scotland wants the community to start talking about dementia, particularly during Dementia Awareness Week (June 1-7).

Having a good blether to someone over a cup of tea is second nature to Scotland. So when you put your kettle on during the first week in June – which is Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland – Alzheimer Scotland wants you to talk about dementia.

Alzheimer Scotland will be having tea and talk events all over Scotland: from Tea and Blether parties in our centres, to Tea in the Park in the great outdoors. The charity will also be having a wide range of other awareness-raising and fundraising activities, including information stands in public locations, concerts, takeover days in town centres and supermarkets, plus lighting up some of Scotland’s most famous landmarks in purple – the internationally recognised colour for Alzheimer’s disease.

On Thursday, June 4 from 1- 4pm at the Co-op in Rothesay’s Bridge Street, there will be a stall with information and a chance to talk to members of the Community Dementia Team, Dot Gordon, Alzheimer Scotland Link Worker, and Robert Waters, Dementia Nurse Specialist.

If you are unable to come along on the June 4 but would like to speak to a member of the team, or want more information, please phone (01700) 501398 or 07780003564

The worry that someone, perhaps even you, might have dementia is one of the hardest issues any of us will have to face. However, having difficult conversations about dementia – with partners, with family and friends, or with medical professionals – can make a huge difference to someone’s future quality of life.

There are 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland.

Make sure your voice is heard when we talk about dementia at events, activities and information sessions from Lerwick to Hawick.

To find out more about what’s happening near you, click here.