For Dementia Awareness Week 2014, we wanted to get people talking about dementia. At home, at work, in the street and on the bus. In cities, towns and villages across Scotland. We held local events all over the country, as well as our annual conference that was attended by just under 400 delegates from across the country and beyond. The passion and commitment behind that week was incredible – but it doesn’t stop there.
We know that people are frightened about dementia. But we have never overcome frightening things by not talking about them. It is vital that we continue to encourage dementia conversations and help remove the stigma associated with the disease. Many of you are already doing this and your input makes a huge difference to the lives of those living with dementia. However, there is still a long way to go.
One group dedicated to this cause are Scotland’s Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). This blog will provide the perfect opportunity for them to extend their reach in talking about dementia care, while also helping others gain a better understanding and appreciation of their fantastic work. From diet and health to community activities – AHPs possess a wealth of knowledge and skills, yet continue to remain ‘hidden treasures’ (as one carer once put it) to many outwith their field.
So let’s continue the theme of 2014’s Dementia Awareness Week and talk about dementia as much and as openly we can. Enter your email address in the right side menu if you would like to be notified when new posts are added and feel free to comment on the blog too – your views are important to us.
Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland