Awareness Week community focus

The three Forget me not Belles in the Masonic Lodge Forfar on Monday at the start of this years two week sale to raise money for charity. They are, from left - Isabel Hosie, Mabel Taylor and Maureen Black.

The three Forget me not Belles in the Masonic Lodge Forfar on Monday at the start of this years two week sale to raise money for charity. They are, from left - Isabel Hosie, Mabel Taylor and Maureen Black.

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Dementia Awareness Week will run from June 3 to 9 and this year Alzheimer Scotland will be focusing on ‘Community Connections’.

Alzheimer Scotland’s Angus Service dementia adviser Bernie Dawks, said: “There are around 2,137 people with dementia in Angus and this number is rising daily. Angus Service aims to support the families, relatives and friends of people with dementia at any stage of the illness.”

Carers’ support from Alzheimer Scotland is free and offers advice, information and emotional and practical support through telephone contact, home visits, carers groups, information leaflets and books, education courses and events and information about local services and resources involvement.

Angus Services also runs two drop-in centres in Carnoustie and Forfar, a music café every Monday afternoon in Forfar and a ‘Friday Fling’ for people with dementia and their carers also in Forfar.

During Dementia Awareness Week the following events will be taking place within Angus.

Forget me not charity ship, Masonic Lodge, Coutties Wynd, Forfar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Saturday, June 8; information leaflets will be available at most doctors surgeries and health centres. A representative will be in attendance at the following venues to provide information and advice.

Monday, June 3 – Arbroath Public Library, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Tuesday, June 4 – Dobbies Garden Centre, Monifieth, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Brechin Castle Garden Centre, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 6 – Montrose Library, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Friday, June 7 – Monifieth Library, 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Dobbies Garden Centre, Monifieth, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Further details of Angus Services events can be obtained by telephoning 01241 431770.