Almost time for tea at Dementia Cafe

NHS Lanarkshire’s award-winning Dementia Cafe will hold its next meeting on Friday, November 2.

The monthly cafe, held at Fir Park Stadium, won in the ‘Best dementia friendly community initiative’ category at the Scottish Dementia Awards recently.

The cafe is for those who are worried about their memory or have a diagnosis of dementia.

It provides a space where they, their families and informal carers, can gather, share their experiences and get some practical support in a friendly setting.

Among those present to offer help and advice are specialist doctors, memory service nurses, an advocacy worker, an occupational therapist as well as representatives from Alzheimer Scotland and Carers Together.

The cafe also aims to raise awareness of dementia by helping to breakdown the negative stigma around the issue.

Organiser of the cafe, NHS Lanarkshire community nurse Hazel Boyle, said: “We encourage people to pop into the cafe at their leisure and speak informally to a wide range of professionals and discuss all aspects of memory problems and get signposted to relevant services.

“There is a fantastic atmosphere at the cafe and the positive feedback we have received from users has exceeded our expectations.”

The Dementia Cafe is open from 1 to 4pm in Motherwell FC’s Centenary Suite on the first Friday of every month.

For more information on the cafe call 01698 269649.