£900 raised to help support Stonehaven dementia suffers

Community Centre coffee morning.

Community Centre coffee morning.

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Generous Stonehaven folk have helped to raise £900 which will support dementia sufferers living in and around the community.

The local Alzheimer Scotland service, based in Stonehaven, held a coffee morning at Invercarron Resource Centre as part of Dementia Awareness Week (June 2-8) – ‘Let’s talk about dementia’.

This money will be used to support local activities such as the gentle exercise classes, a football supporters group and walking groups which are attended by local people who use the services of Alzheimer Scotland.

Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland focusedon getting more people in Scotland 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.

A spokesperson said: ‘‘Talking openly about dementia – in our town hall, supermarket, pub or living room – is a key step to overcoming stigma and avoiding isolation for everyone living with the illness.

‘‘In line with this theme, the local service’s coffee morning brought together those living with dementia personally or as a carer along with their friends, families and members of the community.

Sarah Duff, Alzheimer Scotland’s service manager for South Aberdeenshire, added: “Locally, we provide home support, day care and activities such as walking groups, relaxation classes, art/craft groups, football reminiscence groups and men’s groups.”

Contact 01569 792068. or call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 hour, freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.”