Local community pharmacy helps support those living with dementia

The friendly pharmacy team at Well Clarkston
The friendly pharmacy team at Well Clarkston

Staff and volunteers at Well Pharmacy in Clarkston came together last Thursday (June 21) to provide advice to those living with dementia; their carers; and those concerned about dementia in their family.

Pharmacy manager, Richard Geissler, and dementia advisor, Richard Leckerman, from Alzheimer Scotland, were on hand to provide expert advice around the life-changing condition.

Richard Leckerman’s expertise enabled staff and visitors to obtain further advice and information about how people can help those with age-related diseases, including dementia, and those who care for them.

Situated in the heart of the community, the team at Well Pharmacy in Clarkston provides support for those on prescription medications for dementia each day, while addressing other health concerns around ageing.

The in-store event is part of a series of initiatives by Well Pharmacy designed to raise awareness of dementia, including fundraising activity for the charity.

This follows the announcement last year that there has been a significant increase in the number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, now accounting for more than 10 percent of all deaths in Scotland compared to 5 percent a decade ago.

Richard at Well Clarkston, said: “The team provides support every day in our local community through one-to-one advice and private consultations, helping people to live well with dementia.

“We offer practical assistance with dementia medication, including ordering and collecting prescriptions from GP practices and delivering medicines to elderly people’s homes if they are unable to get to the pharmacy. We also help people to manage their medicine usage and dosage to ensure they are managing their condition well.

“With Richard Leckerman’s assistance, we opened our doors to invite local residents in to talk to us about how we can support our ageing community members.”

The event was attended by dozens of people, with many sharing their own experiences and challenges of living with dementia.

Richard Leckerman, dementia advisor for Alzheimer Scotland, said: “It was a pleasure to work with Well pharmacy to deliver this event in Glasgow. It gave me the opportunity to speak directly to members of the community and let them know about the resources and support locally available to them. This activity also supports our mission to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.

“With around 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland, it is fantastic that Well pharmacy is investing time in planning events and activities to help support local residents and build dementia-friendly communities. It is possible to make small changes that will help those living with dementia to live their lives and enable them to stay an active part of their community for longer. I would urge everyone to find out more about how you and your neighbourhood can become a dementia friendly community.”