During Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week (Monday 3 to Sunday 9 June), Alzheimer Scotland in East Renfrewshire will hold a series of information stalls and a Dementia Friendly Health Walk, to raise awareness of local dementia support, as well as the urgent need for more people with and without a dementia diagnosis, to sign up to dementia research.
With over 90,000 people with dementia in Scotland, almost every family now knows someone living with the illness.
Alzheimer Scotland believes it is vital that people living with dementia feel recognised, valued and supported in their local communities to prevent isolation and stigma. By bringing people together and encouraging conversations during Dementia Awareness Week, communities are being asked to come together to support a dementia-friendly Scotland.
Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Advisor in Resource Centre in East Renfrewshire will hoststage a series of information stalls and a Dementia Friendly Health Walk and is encouraging locals to drop in to learn more about the support that is available to them, at Eastwood Health and Care Centre on June 6 from 10am – 1pm and at Barrhead Health and Care Centre on Friday, June 7 from 11am – 3pm in the heart of their local community, along with finding out more about what Alzheimer Scotland is providing locally and how you can get involved with supporting the charity and research.
Nicola Kennedy who works as a Dementia Advisor for Alzheimer Scotland in East Renfrewshire said: “I’m also looking forward to hostinglding our Dementia Friendly Health Walk[x event] to mark Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week, in partnership with staff from the local Carer’s Centre and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership Health Improvement Team, to raise awareness about how we are helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families across East Renfrewshire and raising awareness to the importance of more people getting involved in dementia research.
“We’d love locals to join us for the walk at 2pm on Wednesday 5th June, outside Neilston Library, followed by a cup of tea and a blether back at the library afterwards..
“By working together, we can help make our community a dementia-friendly place where people can continue to create new friendships and continue to live in the community and feel valued and supported to live with their illness.”
Welcoming Scotland’s Dementia Week, Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland’s Chief Executive, said: “Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week gives us an opportunity to spread the word about the work we do, the people we support and the chance to change how Scotland views dementia. The work of our local teams and volunteers are invaluable in helping us to transform the way people are supported to live with dementia in their communities. We would not be able to continue this vital work without the generosity of everyone who fundraises for us or donates to us. As the number of people living with dementia continues to increase we must continue to expand our work and your support is vital in helping us reach as many people as possible and ultimately make sure no one faces dementia alone in Scotland.
“With no effective treatment and no cure, dementia research is crucial to making a difference for people living with dementia now, and in the future. Research can only take place with the help of volunteers who have dementia and those who do not. Research is informing us more about dementia prevention, how to improve the quality of life of those living with the illness and will ultimately help to find a cure. If you do just one thing this week for dementia sign up to Join Dementia Research and start your journey to help us transform our understanding of the illness.”
Alzheimer Scotland believes nobody should have to face dementia alone. Scotland’s leading dementia charity provides high-quality, dementia-specific support and information for people with dementia from Shetland to the Borders, along with campaigning for the rights of people with dementia and their carers and supporting advancements in dementia research. If you have any questions about dementia, or want to find out about support in your area, call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Freephone Helpline on 0808 808 3000.
Click here to get involved with Dementia Awareness Week or visit your local Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre to find out what is taking place locally during the week
Join the conversation on Twitter with @alzscot using #DementiaAwareness.