Dementia Awareness

A coffee morning will take place in Stonehaven’s Invercarron Resource Centre for Dementia Awareness Week on Tuesday 19 June. Dementia Awareness Week runs from 18 June until 24 June and this year Alzheimer Scotland will be focusing on creativity and dementia where they will look at it in policy, practice, activities and attitudes.

There will be events happening all over Scotland, from as far north as Shetland and as far south as the Borders, raising awareness about dementia and the challenges faced by the 84,000 people with the illness and their families.

In Aberdeenshire there are almost 4,000 people with dementia. Alzheimer Scotland provide one to one support, day care facilities, relaxation and gentle exercise classes, walking groups, carers groups, a cafe and various other social groups.

Alzheimer’s disease is the main form of dementia. The second most common is vascular dementia, and yet there is no cure. Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s foremost voluntary organisation working for people with dementia and their carers. It speaks out for their rights and concerns, operates services throughout Scotland providing services such as day, evening and weekend opportunities, home support and befriending and carers’ support services. It also provides the 24 hour national freephone Dementia Helpline, has a network of Dementia Advisors across Scotland and a Specialist Dementia Nurse programme.

The coffee morning will take place from 10-11.30am and all proceeds will go to Alzheimer Scotland. There will be baking, plant and bric-a-brac stalls and a raffle. Leaflets and information will be available for anyone looking to see what help is available for those affected.