Dementia cafe offers valuable service

HARD WORK . . . John with administrator Collette Walker and staff nurse Hazel Boyle.
HARD WORK . . . John with administrator Collette Walker and staff nurse Hazel Boyle.
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MOTHERWELL and Wishaw MSP John Pentland recently took time out to visit the Motherwell Dementia Cafe.

The popular cafe meets monthly in the Centenary Suite at Fir Park with the aim of raising awarness of dementia in the community.

It offers a place for people affected by the condition to meet with professionals to discuss concerns and get support.

John said: “This is a fantastic service which provides a regular meeting point for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and their carers, to meet with health care professionals and stakeholders in dementia care to discuss any concerns that they may have.

“I was struck by the activity that the café brings into the community.

“This service is invaluable to our community; with an increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementia, it’s vital that people do not feel alone in their concerns.

“There was vibrancy during the meeting which I’m certain made people feel welcome, comforted and understood. No one was excluded and staff did an excellent job in providing reassurance and advice to all 60 people who attended.

“I would urge anyone with concerns for themselves or a friend or family member, or who perhaps feels isolated in their community due to dementia, pay a visit to the cafe and get the most from this excellent service.”

The cafe is open on the first Friday of every month between 1 and 4pm. For more information call 01698 269649.