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Me Not Trot Memory Walk In Wick

14th June 2012

Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 June) - 'Creative Minds': Dementia in Scotland 2012
Dementia Awareness Week will run from 18-24 June 2012 and this year Alzheimer Scotland will be focusing on creativity and dementia: in policy, practice, activities and attitudes. There will be events happening all over Scotland, from Shetland to the Borders, raising awareness about dementia and the challenges faced by the 84,000 people with the illness and their families.

Alzheimer Scotland's Service Manager for Wick Services, Cathy Mackay, says, "There are around 157 people with dementia in Caithness. Locally, we provide Day Care, Care At Home and Carer Support Services in both Wick and Thurso. You can contact Wick Services on Tel: 01955 609193. Alternatively, you can call Alzheimer Scotland's 24 hour, freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000."

To mark Dementia Awareness Week, Alzheimer Scotland, Wick Services are holding their annual sponsored "Forget Me Not Trot - Memory Walk" on Saturday 23 June 2012. Starting in Market Square at 12.00 noon. Walk approx 10k around boundary of Wick.

Everyone welcome, contact Wick Services: 01955 609193 for sponsor forms, or just join us on the day.
We need YOUR help to support our local services.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said, "We are very pleased with the policy progress and the new national commitments that have made in the two key priority areas of the strategy, Acute General Health Care and Post Diagnostic Support. We must maintain as much urgency as possible in delivering meaningful change and better quality support for people in our hospital environments and in the early stage of the illness. Having secured progress in these areas, we must now refocus our efforts to ensure that people in the mid and advanced stages of the illness living in the community receive similar guarantees and commitments.

"We would like Dementia to become a priority for every local partnership and ensure that as we move towards an integrated health and social care system, the needs of people with dementia and their families for high quality, dementia skilled support services are understood and that existing services are protected and built on."

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