Dementia Awareness week in Angus

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Events will be taking place across Angus to raise awareness about dementia and the challenges faced by those with the illness and their families.

Dementia Awareness Week will run from June 3 until June 9, and this year Alzheimer Scotland will be focusing on Community Connections: the links that people with dementia (and their carers, partners and families) need with the services and community around them in order to live well with their illness.

Alzheimer Scotland’s Angus Services dementia advisor Bernie Dawks, commented: “There are around 2,137 people with dementia in Angus and this number is rising daily. Angus Service aims to support the families, relatives and friends of people with dementia at any stage of the illness.”

Carers support from Alzheimer Scotland is free and offers advice, information and emotional and practical support through telephone contact, home visits, carers croups, information leaflets and books, information about local services amongst others.

Angus Services run two drop-in centres in Carnoustie and Forfar; a Music Café every Monday afternoon in Forfar; and a Friday Fling for people with dementia and their carers also in Forfar.

During the awareness week, a Forget-Me-Not charity shop will be at the Masonic Lodge, Couttie Wynd, Forfar, until June 8. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information leaflets will be available at most doctors surgeries and health centres. A representative will be in attendance at Brechin Castle Garden Centre on Tuesday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide information and advice.

Further details of Angus Services events can be obtained by telephoning 01241 431770.