Published: 06/08/2012 12:24 - Updated: 06/08/2012 15:13

Support centre for dementia sufferers to open in Inverness

Written byBy Helen Bushnell

The new dementia centre in Inverness will open on Wednesday
The new dementia centre in Inverness will open on Wednesday

A NEW resource centre for dementia sufferers and their families is to open in Inverness on Wednesday.

The voluntary organisation Alzheimer Scotland will officially open the doors to its new Dementia Resource Centre in Strothers Lane.

Linking in with our Dementia Advisors and network of services in Highland, including its day care service at Woodlands, Culduthel Road, Inverness, the Dementia Resource Centre will be a vital local point of contact for people with dementia, their families and friends in Inverness and the surrounding area. It will provide information and advice, while also promoting early diagnostic care and support.

The midday opening will be attended by Chief Executive of NHS Highland, Elaine Mead; Chair of NHS Highland, Garry Coutts and Convener of NHS Highland, Jimmy Gray, as well as Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, Henry Simmons.

High-profile activists for dementia awareness including Nancy McAdam, a member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group and Ann Pascoe from Alzheimer Scotlands National Dementia Carers Network, will also be attending, along with major donors towards the centre, local volunteers and staff.

The new centre will also 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 offer volunteering opportunities and be a resource for people with dementia and carers, other organisations and Alzheimer Scotland services in the region. Carer awareness, training and self-management courses will also be delivered from the Dementia Resource Centre.

There are over 4,000 people with dementia in the Highland local authority area. Alzheimer’s disease is the main form of dementia.

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