New centre helps with dementia care

At the opening of the Dementia Resource Centre are (l-r) Alzheimer Scotland's regional manager Sarah Burgess, Scottish Dementia Working Group's David Mackenzie, Alzheimer Scotland's convener John Laurie, chief executive Henry Simmons and locality manager Arlene Crockett
At the opening of the Dementia Resource Centre are (l-r) Alzheimer Scotland's regional manager Sarah Burgess, Scottish Dementia Working Group's David Mackenzie, Alzheimer Scotland's convener John Laurie, chief executive Henry Simmons and locality manager Arlene Crockett
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THE new Lanarkshire Dementia Resource Centre opened in Motherwell last week.

With almost 9,500 people across the county suffering dementia the Alzheimer Scotland facility in Dalziel Street will be used to increase local support opportunities.

People can drop in at any time and talk to staff about their memory worries, obtaining a diagnosis, life after diagnosis, accessing services, support when long term care is an issue and beyond.

It also provides access to a wide selection of local and national resources and there are opportunities for education and support sessions for people with dementia and their carers.

EMOTION

William Barr, a local carer and a fundraiser for the centre, said: “Loneliness is the greatest emotion of carers, the feeling that you are left to cope on your own with a disease that rips your loved one from you a little day by day.

“That feeling of helplessness is overpowering, but to have somewhere to go for comfort, encouragement and true understanding of your plight cannot be measured by words.

“Only those who have been through this can truly appreciate the need for this centre and that the knowledge and dedication of the staff can allow a carer to fulfil their own life while dedicating themselves to the care and wellbeing of their loved one.”

Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland, added: “We believe that no-one should have to face dementia on their own and that anyone affected by the illness should be able to find help quickly and easily.

COMMUNITY

“Our new Lanarkshire Dementia Resource Centre in Motherwell will be a strong community hub offering information, advice and practical support – both in Motherwell and across the region.”

If you have any concerns regarding dementia, you can contact Alzheimer Scotland’s regional office on 01698 275300, alternatively call the 24-hour Dementia helpline on 0808 808 3000.