Dementia Awareness Week

THE LOCAL Alzheimer Scotland group is hosting a range of events next week to heighten awareness of dementia.

The programme is part of a national campaign, starting on Monday, with events being held from Stranraer in the south to Shetland in the north.

This year’s focus will be on ‘community connections’ that are needed for people with the illness, but also their carers, partners and families, in order to live and cope with dementia.


Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia advisor for Shetland, Ann Williamson, said around 86,000 people in Scotland were estimated to have dementia, 173 of them living in Shetland.

“Locally, we provide a range of groups and activities to support people living with dementia and their families and carers.

“You can contact us at: Viewforth House, Burgh Road, Lerwick – Tel 01595 745 257 or email awilliamson@alzscot.org

The organisation’s chief executive Henry Simmons added: “Everyone in Scotland will know someone living with dementia. Great progress has been made in starting to draw dementia out of the shadows.


“However, we must ensure that people with dementia, their carers, partners and families are treated as equal and valued citizens within our local communities.

“No one should have to go through dementia on their own. We can all do something to help people with dementia live better with this illness.”

Local Dementia Awareness Week programme:

Monday, 3 June:

  • Outreach Information Café – Brae Health Centre, 12noon – 4pm, in association with Voluntary Action Shetland;
  • Daughters Group – Bonhoga, 7 – 9 pm.

Tuesday, 4 June:

  • Memory Lane Afternoon Tea – St Magnus Hall, 2 – 4 pm;
  • Bowling – Clickimin, 2 – 5 pm.

Wednesday, 5 June:

  • Reminiscence Session ‘Does du Mind?’ – Shetland Museum and Archives, 2 – 3.30pm;
  • Midsummer Concert – Town Hall, doors open – 7pm.

Thursday, 6 June:

  • Dementia Café – Baptist Church, Quoys, 10am – 12noon;
  • Knitting Group – Upper Bar Café, Mareel, 2 – 4.30 pm, in association with Shetland Arts;
  • Bingo by Roxanne – Bonhoga, 7.30 – 9pm.

Friday, 7 June:

  • Information stand – Tesco, 12noon – 6pm.