Chatting about dementia helps remove stigma

Guests have a great time at the Tea in the Park Event at the Alona Hotel
Guests have a great time at the Tea in the Park Event at the Alona Hotel

As part of Dementia Awareness Week Alzheimer Scotland held its annual Tea in the Park at the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park.

The event was attended by over 100 guests who enjoyed the delights of afternoon tea including scones and delicious cakes.

Entertainment was provided by radio DJ Dave Marshall and the guests thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing with Dave about Yesterday Once More, with much laughter going round the room.

People also had the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend on the day, and find out more about Alzheimer Scotland services and what supports they provide within Lanarkshire.

There was a further opportunity for Alzhiemer Scotland volunteers to promote the charity at the Motherwell Town Centre Takeover Day.

The volunteers were a mixture of AMEY plc employees and apprentices from the Certificate of Work Readiness course at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell campus who are working with AMEY on placement.

Prominent buildings and landmarks were encouraged to ‘Light Up Purple’ to show their support for Dementia Week and the likes of Dalziel St Andrew’s Church, the Alona Hotel and Cardinal Newman High got involved.

Dementia advisor Lorna Hart said: “With around 10,000 people living with dementia in Lanarkshire we must hold positive events to ensure people have the right information about what dementia is and to also confirm there is lots of help and support out in the local community. “Dementia is a progressive loss of the powers in the brain that can affect people from their 30s, not only older people, and Alzheimer Scotland strive to ensure no one faces dementia alone.

“As part of this aim we hold events that help raise awareness of dementia and by raising awareness we help reduce stigma and negativity that surrounds dementia today.”

The range of supports available within Lanarkshire including 1:1 support, dementia cafes, singing groups, carer’s support, football reminiscence and carer’s education.

For more information call 01698 539790.