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My name is Helen Skinner and I am the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant for NHS Fife. This week is Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week and lots of people across Scotland will be raising awareness and much needed funds for those living with and affected by dementia in Scotland.

Many people don’t realise but the term ‘dementia’ is an umbrella term for a range of illnesses and disease symptoms which affect the brain. Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are the most common but there are other types too. There are over 93,000 people living with dementia in Scotland.

On Wednesday 31 May we will be holding a tea and blether afternoon where you can come and find out about dementia and what we can do to support friends, family and people in our communities who are living with dementia. This will be held from 1.00-4.00pm in the Estates Meeting Room by Phase 1 Entrance of Victoria Hospital. Drop by and join us for a cuppa.

If you want to know more about dementia there will be a daily news item all week about dementia and related subjects, as well as dementia information stands in the main entrances at Victoria Hospital (Tuesday 30th May 2017 10am-4pm), Queen Margaret Hospital (Wednesday 31st May 2017 1.30-3.30pm), and St Andrews Hospital (Wednesday 31st May 10.30am-12.30pm)

For more information about dementia please visit the Alzheimer Scotland website on www.alzscot.org or call their Freephone number on 0808 808 3000.

For information and support in NHS Fife please contact me on [email protected] or 01592 643355 x28429