Dementia cafés help patients and carers

Dementia cafés that were introduced in the Borders last year are proving a big help to many sufferers, carers and families.

At the region’s annual dementia conference organised by NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council and Alzheimer Scotland last month, those attending heard about the benefits of the cafés that now operate in Coldstream, Eyemouth, Peebles, Hawick, Galashiels and Selkirk. The first dementia café in the Borders was launched in August last year and since then they have been an invaluable drop in for carers, patients or the general public who are looking for information on dementia.

The number of people living with dementia is on the increase. In early stages, they may become confused, forgetting names, places, appointments and mood swings are common as people become frustrated by their memory loss. Speaking after this year’s dementia conference, Councillor Frances Renton, executive member for social work said: “This annual event is an important opportunity for everyone involved in the provision of dementia support and services to come together and share ideas and good practice.

“It was also encouraging to see patients and carers in attendance as their contribution is vital to ensuring we have an accurate picture about what life is like for people living with dementia in the Borders.”

Dementia café dates: Coldstream Community Centre Café on Thursday, November 28, 2-3.30pm; Eyemouth EU Church Hall on Thursday, November 7, Thursday, December 5 and Thursday, January 9, 10.30am to 12 noon. Contact: Ruth Gunn-Mair 07584 992930 email: rgunn-mair@alzscot.org

Further information on dementia services and local services and cafes can be found at http://www.alzscot.org/services and www.nhsborders.org.uk