Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has highlighted the support available to families affected by dementia to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2018.
The MP for West Dunbartonshire paid a visit to the Every Voice Community Choir at St Augustine’s Church – a dementia friendly singing group organised by Clydebank-based Alzheimer Scotland.
The theme of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 4-11 June, is that nobody should have to go through dementia alone. The Every Voice Choir is being highlighted as an example of the many community initiatives across the country which help to support people affected by dementia.
More than 90,000 people across Scotland are living with dementia, with an estimated 1,400 people diagnosed with the condition in West Dunbartonshire.
Alzheimer Scotland provides advice and support to everyone affected by dementia, including partners, families and carers.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“The key message from this year’s Dementia Awareness Week is that nobody should have to face dementia alone. The community choir at St Augustine’s is a great example of the work being carried in support of people affected by dementia and their families by Alzheimer Scotland.
“There’s been real progress in recent years in how we diagnose, treat and care for people affected by dementia, but it remains one of the greatest health challenges we face today. Help is available though and I’d urge any local residents seeking advice and support to get in touch.”
Fiona Kane, Dementia Adviser for Alzheimer Scotland, said:
“The community choir has become a focal point for many people with dementia, carers and former carers who tell me how important it has become for them. Not just as a place to sing but also to meet others, feel supported and to continue to feel part of a community.
“Alzheimer Scotland offer a number of informal groups and activities such as drop in cafes, an allotment group and a monthly supper club. We also encourage people to be involved in campaigning for services and support.”
For more information on dementia contact Alzheimer Scotland’s helpline on 0808 808 3000.