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The Christmas pies were flying off the plates, the ukuleles came out and the mulled wine (alcohol-free!) flowed steadily at Alzheimer Scotland’s recent Tinsel Tea held at the Oban Dementia Resource Centre.
The centre, on High Street, is a hub for all things dementia and the Tinsel Tea is Alzheimer Scotland’s festive way of bringing everyone together.
Alzheimer Scotland’s resource centre is where their local dementia adviser, Sue Pagan, provides information and support for anyone concerned about the condition. There are also lots of things going on, from reminiscing over a cuppa, to swimming at Atlantis and even a ukulele learners’ session.
Sue said: ‘Knowing there is somewhere you can go where people understand the difficulties of living with dementia is an important asset to the town.
‘Learning that you have dementia can be a shock and difficult to take in, even though people can live well with dementia for many years.
‘We are here to help people stay connected to the community and help to plan for the future, but even more importantly we can provide vital emotional support too.’
Sue added: ‘Unfortunately, there is occasionally some understandable confusion in the town between the Alzheimer Scotland’s Oban Dementia Resource Centre and another small fundraising group which goes under a very similar name.’
There are more than 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and it is now estimated that 20,000 people will be diagnosed with the condition every year.
If you have any questions about dementia, or about the support available in your area, call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hour freephone helpline on 0808 808 3000.