Elaine Hunter, National AHP consultant, Alzheimer Scotland @elainahpmh
With over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland, Dementia Awareness Week was our annual opportunity to generate maximum exposure around dementia and change how Scotland talks about and sees dementia. The week ran from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 June and Alzheimer Scotland highlighted the support our localities currently provide, as well the importance of dementia research, the impact it can have and the vital need for new research volunteers.
During the week allied health professionals were talking about dementia in Wick, sharing films on facebook in Dumfries, celebrating with dementia champions in Glasgow, hosting information stalls in Lanarkshire and sharing posters of their innovative work at the Alzheimer Scotland conference in Edinburgh. However, there are many other examples of events hosted or supported by allied health professionals and we will post further blogs to share & celebrate where we were, who we spoke to and what has changed in how we think about dementia as a result.
Today’s blog is to say thank you for supporting the week & let’s keep talking about dementia: at home, at work, in the street and on the bus, in cities, towns and villages across Scotland. By talking about dementia, it can help us make sure that nobody faces dementia alone.
Allied health professionals in Scotland will continue to talk about dementia, sharing their ideas and innovations on twitter and facebook at @AHPDementia where we share practical hints and tips to living well with #dementia.
You could read what our contributors have to say on our weekly Thursday blog at www.alzscot.org/talking_dementia. You can enter your email address in the right side menu and we’ll let you know when a new post has been published.
We also share our AHP dementia policy and how we are implementing policy to local practice at www.alzscot.org/ahp and http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/ahpcommunity/ailp-priority workstreams/dementia.aspx.
Thank you for supporting the week
A selection of photographs & you will find more at #AHPConnectingPeople & #DementiaAwareness