Living with dementia

THE ANGUS launch of a DVD aimed at people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia took place at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Monday.

The DVD, ‘Living well with dementia’ has been produced by NHS Health Scotland in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Dementia Working Group.

Margaret Burns, chair of NHS Health Scotland, said: “With an ageing population, the number of people who will be diagnosed with dementia is expected to double over the next 25 years.

“This DVD has been developed for people who have recently been given a diagnosis of dementia. It features people with dementia and their carers who explain how they cope with this illness - emotionally and practically - and how to live well after diagnosis.”

Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland, commented: “We greatly welcome this DVD and the resources linked to it which will go a long way towards informing and supporting people with dementia, their partners and families, and making sure no-one feels they have to go through the illness on their own.”

Agnes Houston, chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, stated: “Written information is very important but it doesn’t necessarily lessen your sense of isolation, of feeling you are on your own, which is a common feeling following diagnosis. That is why this new DVD is so important.”

The launch event in Carnoustie featured speakers from Angus Council, Angus Community Health Partnership, NHS Health Scotland, Alzheimer’s Scotland and the Scottish Dementia Working Group.

Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, vice-convener of Angus Council social work and health committee, said: “Living with dementia, for the sufferer, family and friends, affects every area of their lives. The aim of this event to launch the DVD is twofold. It will increase people’s knowledge about dementia and it is also a good opportunity to gather interested Angus people together to learn about what is happening in this sphere both locally and nationally.”

Free copies of the DVD are available from www.healthscotland.com or through the Alzheimer Scotland helpline on 0808 808 3000.