#DAW2015 meets #AHPDementia
A key feature of Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland are the ‘Tea & Blether’ events taking place all over the country; encouraging members of the public, health and social care professionals and everyone involved with Alzheimer Scotland to meet and talk about dementia in a relaxed setting.
Dementia Awareness Week is underpinned by our aim that nobody should face dementia alone. The worry that someone might have dementia is one of the hardest issues any of us will have to face. However, having conversations about dementia – with partners, with family and friends, or with professionals – can make a huge difference to someone’s future quality of life.
During the week allied health professionals are taking the opportunity to promote their role and are integrated into Scotland’s national “blether”, hosting events from Inverness to Dumfries and Kilmarnock to Edinburgh. We will be raising awareness about our unique therapeutic and rehabilitation skills, offering accessible advice and information and ultimately helping to answer the question “who are they and how can they help you?”
5 ways to have an AHP Blether
- At the national conference on the 1st June
Dementia Awareness Week Conference takes place in Glasgow, on 1 June with the conference theme ‘Global Progress; Local Impact’. We will be there.
Join us at STAND 17.
We will have 5 Allied Health Professionals on the day waiting to answer questions: if you are worried about falls, eating well and keeping active? Perhaps you have questions about communication, looking for tips on how to boost your memory or develop a musical profile? Come over and say hello, we look forward to having a conversation with you.
- New Alzheimer Scotland AHP leaflet
During the week we will be launching and sharing our Alzheimer Scotland allied health professional leaflet on the 1st June. We will share the leaflet online, through this blog, have it available during the week and in our resources centres after the 1st June.
It’s best to make early contact with an AHP if you are worried about your memory or if you or someone in your family has recently been diagnosed with dementia. That way you can get the information, advice and treatment that is right for you and your family as quickly as possible. Our new leaflet will describe how AHPs can help and how to get in touch with them.
- A blog a day
During the week we are posting a “blog a day” as a Q&A to four of our allied health professional colleagues. We invited the Scottish Dementia Working Group @S_D_W_G, National Dementia Carers Action Network and people we work with, what would you like to ask a dietitian, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapy and a speech & language therapist. The Q&A “blog a day” can be seen at www.alzscot.org/talking_dementia and will also be supported by our colleagues at www.ahpscot.wordpress.com
- Having a cuppa and an “AHPBlether”
We have Allied Health Professionals waiting to answer your questions in Inverness, Glasgow, Falkirk, Lanarkshire, Kilmarnock, Edinburgh and Dumfries. Why not join them? Maybe ask a dietician about eating and drinking well, or a speech and language therapist about maintaining every day conversations, or the occupational therapist about the impact of living with dementia if you are still at work?
To find out what’s happening in your area, visit www.daw.dementiascotland.org.
- “A picture to paint a thousand words”
Finally for those that prefer to communicate in images, we are doing that too. We will be sharing who we are having a blether with, in our gardens, in our offices, in our homes and at all our organised events with family, friends, colleagues through the week with our “Let’s Talk about Dementia” mugs. Follow #DAW2015, #AHPDementia & @alzscot to see who we are having an #AHPDementia blether with to support this year’s #DAW2015.
We would welcome any comments on this blog post and other ideas on how to share the work and practice of allied health professionals
Allied Health Professional Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland
My remit in Alzheimer Scotland is to bring the skills of AHPs to the forefront of dementia practice and to share with them the principles and practice of working in a major charity that is dedicated to “making sure nobody faces dementia alone”. I am leading the delivery of commitment 4 of Scotland’s Dementia Strategy. In short, a great job working with great people.