Dementia Awareness Week 2014
27th June 2014
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“For Dementia Awareness Week 2014, we wanted to get people talking about dementia. At home, at work, in the street and on the bus. In cities, towns and villages across Scotland. We held local events all over the country, as well as our annual conference that was attended by just under 400 delegates from across the country and beyond. The passion and commitment behind that week was incredible – but it doesn’t stop there.

We know that people are frightened about dementia. But we have never overcome frightening things by not talking about them. It is vital that we continue to encourage dementia conversations and help remove the stigma associated with the disease. Many of you are already doing this and your input makes a huge difference to the lives of those living with dementia. However, there is still a long way to go. “

These are the first lines of the new fantastic blog of Alzehimer Scotland, all dedicated to raise dementia awareness.
This blog is an opportunity for Scotland’s Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to cover topic related to dementia, and try to help others to better understand the matter and maybe better appreciate the work of the AHPs.

You can follow Alzheimer Scotland’s blog here, you can support them also on Twitter and on Facebook.

The latest blog released talk about the AHPs important role. This is just a small extract:

“Allied health professionals are registered therapists who can help when people are worried about their memory, if a person has a diagnosis of dementia or if someone in the family has dementia. They offer information, advice and treatment tailored to individual needs. They are experts in rehabilitation, focusing on strengths and assisting people to stay connected to their community and remain in their home for as long as possible. In no more than 50 words this is what they say they can do for you if you have a diagnosis of dementia or are caring for someone with dementia:

  • Dietitian – will help you to eat well
  • Occupational therapist – will help you take part in social activities, hobbies and interests that are important to you.
  • Physiotherapist – will help with physical activity
  • Podiatrists – will help you look after your feet
  • Speech and language therapists – will help you maintain everyday conversations  “

It’s worth a read. So click here and keep reading

Alzheimer Scotland also organizes lots of events and you can pledge your help in different ways, by supporting #DementiaFriends for example.

Dementia Friends is a social action initiative, the aim is to get people talking about Dementia.
A Dementia friend can be anyone from the post man to the window cleaner, school children to the lollipop lady.

All you have to do to sign is to log onto Alzheimer Scotland’s website and enter it will ask you to enter your details, you will then get a reply.

As a Dementia Friend you will be asked to attend a short information session, about dementia and then you will be given a badge to wear identifying you as a Dementia Friend and will be asked to indicate a call to action which could be something as simple as helping someone to find the right bus or being more tolerant whilst waiting in a queue at the supermarket. It is that simple.

 So sign up today and make a difference.

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Martina B

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A recent Marketing graduate who moved to Inverness to improve her English. Proud of being Italian and precisely proud to be born in one of the most amazing areas in Italy: Emilia Romagna, where Ferrari...

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