Dementia conference hailed a success

Councillor Frances Renton: "Event is vital in terms of sharing information."
Councillor Frances Renton: "Event is vital in terms of sharing information."

The annual dementia conference in the Scottish Borders has been hailed as a success.

Hosted by Scottish Borders Council (SBC), Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Borders, the event is an opportunity for everyone involved in the provision of dementia support and services locally to come together to share ideas and good practice.

Councillor Frances Renton, SBC’s executive member for social work and housing, said: “As the number of people living with dementia increases, more and more people will be touched by the difficulties of living with this very challenging condition; whether as a patient, carer, family member or friend.

“This annual event is vital in terms of sharing information, both from a local and national perspective, so that carers and professionals alike are able to appreciate the full picture of what it is like to either live with dementia or provide support for someone who does.”

The event, called ‘Have Your Voice’, was hosted by Peter Lerpiniere, dementia liaison nurse from NHS Borders.

As well as presentations from keynote speakers, activities included an exercise routine from the Community Capacity Building Team and music from a local choir.

Trudy Gane, clinical service manager mental health for older adults services, NHS Borders added: “Of particular importance was the genuine and heart-felt account we heard from one of our local carers, giving us a picture of the day to day reality of caring for someone with dementia.

“Professionals need to hear what it is like for patients and carers as they go through the experience of a hospital stay or supporting someone at home so we know what works well but also where the gaps are and where we need to improve.”