Employers urged to find out more about dementia at drop-in events

Events to support employers and the local community during Dementia Awareness Week (Scotland)

Employers in and around South Queensferry are invited to get along to two events this week to find out more about the effects of dementia and how it can impact sufferers, family and friends, employers and local businesses, and how they can spot the signs.
They’re encouraged to pop along to two drop-in events to be held on 1 and 2 June by the Queensferry Dementia Friendly Initiative as part of Dementia Awareness Week (Scotland), which runs from today (Monday, 30 May) to 3 June.
First up is the launch of a new Dementia Reference Section at South Queensferry Library on Wednesday, 1 June. Employers and members of the public are invited to drop in between 2pm and 3pm to find out how this new, dedicated resource has been designed to support the local community.
The new reference section will include books and information leaflets about dementia, while library staff will be more than happy to discuss how they can better support dementia sufferers and their carers.
The following day, a Dementia – It’s an Everyday Thing drop-in event will be held between 1pm and 4pm at Rosebery Hall, where a number of organisations will be on-hand to offer practical help, information and support for people with dementia, their carers and family and friends.
Entertainment will be provided on the day, courtesy of Edinburgh Fringe act ‘Step Into My Parlour’, which performs songs and stories from days gone by, as well as free refreshments.
The Queensferry Dementia Friendly Initiative is a local voluntary organisation set up to improve the lives of people affected by dementia in South Queensferry.
It’s keen to make people more aware of the devastating effects dementia can have – particularly since its prevalence in our communities is increasing.
Fiona Grant of JW Physiotherapy, a volunteer member of the Queensferry Dementia Friendly Initiative, said: “You may find it’s not just employees who develop this distressful condition, but that they may be carers for a relative with dementia. Therefore, gathering as much information about the condition as possible will leave you better equipped to manage any situations which may arise as an employer.”
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