Dementia Roadshow

Scotland’s first ever Dementia Community Roadshow will visit Banchory this week with the aim of providing a lifeline of support and advice to local families.

With more than 3,934 people in Aberdeenshire living with dementia - a figure set to double within the next generation - the Alzheimer Scotland Roadshow is a vital first step in providing much needed information and advice about the condition.

The vehicle will be at Tesco, Banchory, between 10am and 4pm today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday).

It will be open to visitors to drop-in without appointment, in complete confidence, and is aimed at people who are currently living with dementia, are worried about a friend or relative’s memory, or have questions about the condition.

The roadshow involves a purpose-built information vehicle travelling around Scotland aiming to reach 10,000 people over three years.

It will help raise awareness, provide vital information and advice on dementia, direct people to essential, local services and help bring people concerned about their memory one step closer to achieving a diagnosis.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive for Alzheimer Scotland, said: “The Dementia Community Roadshow has quickly become a vital part of the support service we are able to offer people around Scotland. It helps us reach out to communities across the country to give them information and advice should they be affected or worried about dementia.

“It’s such a pioneering service and will allow us to get access to people and communities that we have previously been unable to reach. No-one should face dementia alone and I am delighted that this service will help us achieve this.”

Tony McElroy corporate affairs manager, Scotland Tesco said: “We’re really proud to help Alzheimer Scotland raise awareness of dementia in Banchory. It’s fantastic that so many customers will be able to take the opportunity to visit the Roadshow and access advice and support.”