NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is joining forces with Alzheimer Scotland to raise awareness on dementia as well as offer support to people, and their carers, affected by the condition in the Glasgow and Paisley area.
To mark World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September), the Alzheimer Scotland information and awareness vehicle - the Memory Bus - will be stopping off at five locations in the week beginning 19 September to provide information and advice about the condition.
Anyone concerned about dementia or interested in learning more about the condition is invited to visit the Memory Bus to speak with dementia experts.
The Memory Bus will be calling at:
This joint activity aims to offer support to people living with dementia and relatives, friends and members of the general public who are concerned or would like more information.
Jill Carson, Service Manager, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership said “We’re very keen to encourage supportive communities where there is understanding about dementia and a desire to contribute to a good quality of life for people effected and their families and carers.
“The Memory Bus is an excellent resource and it will contribute to the aims and aspirations outlined in Glasgow City’s Dementia Strategy, which we published earlier this year following extensive consultation with local people.”
Sarah Burgess, Head of Operations, Alzheimer Scotland, said it is important to provide reassurance that people with dementia can still lead a fulfilling life after being diagnosed.
She said: “It is extremely important to Alzheimer Scotland that we raise awareness of dementia throughout Scotland. Our aim is to make sure that no-one has to face this illness alone and providing the Memory Bus makes it easier for individuals to access support and information.
“We are aware that some people feel more comfortable discussing concerns face-to-face but lack the access to trained professionals, which is why we want to bring that support straight to them with the Memory Bus.
“We have used the Memory Bus service in the past and have found it to be very successful. People told us that they were comforted by the information that they received and they found it very helpful. Many people thanked us for offering a place to receive support and said that they left the bus feeling much more positive after talking to us.”
Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. There are over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and around 3,200 are under the age of 65. By the year 2020 there will be more than 1 million people living with dementia in the UK. Alzheimer Scotland is passionate that nobody should face dementia alone.
If you want to talk about dementia call Alzheimer Scotland’s free 24 hour Dementia Helpline on0808 808 3000 or visit the website at www.alzscot.org