Plea to start talking about dementia

During the first week in June – which is Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland – Alzheimer Scotland wants to get people in the Borders talking about dementia.

The worry that someone, perhaps even you, might have dementia is one of the hardest issues any of us will have to face.

However, having difficult conversations about dementia – with partners, with family and friends, or with medical professionals – can make a huge difference to someone’s future quality of life.

That’s why Alzheimer Scotland will be having tea and talk events all over Scotland, as well as a wide range of other awareness-raising and fundraising activities, including information stands in public locations, concerts, takeover days in town centres and supermarkets, plus lighting up some of Scotland’s most famous landmarks in purple – the internationally recognised colour for Alzheimer’s disease.

The events planned for the Borders are:

June 4: Duns Church Hall, 7-9pm, to hear about plans to make Duns a dementia-friendly community.

June 3-4: Pop-up shop in centre of Galashiels to find out how people living with a diagnosis of dementia, and their families and carers, are supported.

June 5: Peter Lerpiniere, Alzheimer Scotland dementia nurse consultant, and Stephen Fox, service manager in the Borders, will be at Borders General Hospital all day. Find out how to become a Dementia Friend and learn a little about what it’s like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

For additional information about any of our events during Dementia Awareness Week please contact Abby on 07795 316741 or email