Nancy McAdam, a member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group and Ann Pascoe from Alzheimer Scotland National Dementia Carers Network; both high-profile activists for dementia awareness, will also be present, along with major donors towards the centre, local volunteers, and staff.
Chair of NHS Highland, Garry Coutts (who will open the Centre, along with Convener of Highland Council, Jimmy Gray) said: “This is an absolutely fantastic resource and Alzheimer Scotland is to be applauded for their tireless efforts to raise the profile of dementia and provide support. This will be a vital local point of contact for people with dementia, their families and friends in the Inverness and the surrounding area. There is no question that having such a central location will raise the profile of dementia and help reach and support many more people.”
There are almost 4,000 people with dementia in the Highland Council area and this figure is set to double within a generation.
Linking in with Alzheimer Scotland’s local Dementia Advisors, Dementia Link workers , the network of services across the Highlands (including specialist day care service at Woodlands), the Resource Centre will be a source of information and advice, while also promoting early diagnostic care and support. It will offer the potential for dementia specific drop-in sessions, activities and interest groups, as well as carer groups and information on dementia-specific personalised support services.
It will display volunteering opportunities and provide much needed space for social activities for people with dementia, their families including carer groups. Carer awareness, training and self-management courses will also be delivered from the Dementia Resource Centre. Approximately seven members of Alzheimer Scotland staff (part time and full time) will be based at the Centre and many other staff from across the region will use it as a key resource. In addition, there are already several volunteers who are engaged in fundraising, awareness-raising and administration and the Centre hopes to build on this as activities and services develop.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said, “We believe that no-one should have to face dementia on their own and that anyone affected by the illness should be able to find help quickly and easily. Our new Dementia Resource Centre at the heart of Inverness will be a strong community hub offering information, advice, practical support and a wonderful, welcoming space for people living with dementia – in Inverness and beyond.”
If you have any concerns regarding dementia, you can contact Alzheimer Scotland’s regional office on 01463 711707. Alternatively, you can call our 24 hour, freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.
Maxine Johnston, Regional Manager – Highland, Western Isles & Orkney, tel 01463 711707, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors:
• Dementia affects over 84,000 people in Scotland. (http://www.alzscot.org/pages/statistics.htm)
• Alzheimer’s disease is the main form of dementia (60% of cases). The second most common is vascular dementia (17%). As yet there is no cure.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s foremost voluntary organisation working for people with dementia and their carers. It:
• speaks out for the rights and concerns of people with dementia and their carers;
• operates services on over 60 sites throughout Scotland providing practical services such as day, evening and weekend centres, home care and befriending and carers' support services;
• provides the 24 hour national freephone Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000);
• provides the website www.alzscot.org;
• supports a network of over 40 carers' support groups;
• has a network of Dementia Advisors across Scotland;
• has a Specialist Dementia Nurse programme;
• publishes leaflets, booklets, reports and a quarterly newsletter keeping carers and professionals up-to-date;
• has a Dementia Research Centre, in partnership with The University of Edinburgh.