Alzheimer Scotland calls on East Renfrewshire to get involved in Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week 2020 is an opportunity to support the 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and their families and carers.

Alzheimer Scotland wants to let people know it is still here and that its priority remains to ensure nobody faces dementia alone.

Lockdown has been particularly challenging for many of the people the charity supports, and its staff are doing everything they can to make sure local services and structures remain in place to help minimise the impact of this.

Alzheimer Scotland wants to make sure that people living with dementia in Scotland continue to have access to the support they need and deserve.

Dementia is not on lockdown. Social isolation, loss of networks and disrupted routines will be a huge challenge for those people living with dementia and their carers during this crisis, particularly since they will face restrictions for an extended period of time.

Alzheimer Scotland has adapted how it works as a charity to boost its 24/7 Freephone Dementia Helpline capacity and deliver online support groups, digital reminiscence therapy sessions and virtual Dementia Advisor ‘visits’ to ensure that no one is facing this crisis alone.

If you have the chance to get involved in any way, online or in person, please support Dementia Awareness Week by following the conversation on social media (#DementiaAwareness) and reach out to your fellow citizens living with dementia and their carers.

Locally, you can get involved online as follows:

Monday, June 1

• Drop-in surgery- East Renfrewshire, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

• Football Memories Virtual Group, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Tuesday, June 2

• Occupational Therapy Info Session, 11.00am - noon

• East Renfrewshire Online Quiz, 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday, June 3

• Memory Lane Virtual Tea Party, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

• Come Zoom With Me Singing Group, 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Thursday, June 4

• Carers Centre support group, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

• East Renfrewshire Carers Social Catch Up, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Friday, June 5

• Physiotherapy Info Session, 11.00am – 12noon

• Beer with Buddies Quiz, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

All events are held held virtually. Please contact Carolyn Irvine on 07787448519 [email protected] or Nicola Kennedy on 07767647062 [email protected] for more details.

To support Alzheimer Scotland visit Alzheimer Scotland – Donate

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.

Join the Dementia Awareness Week conversation on Twitter with @alzscot using #DementiaAwareness

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