Alzheimer Scotland chief meets volunteers on Skye

Alzheimer Scotland’s chief executive Henry Simmons was on Skye this week to talk to members and supporters of the organisation at a meeting in Broadford and also to visit the specialist day care service in Portree.

The meeting was well attended by members of the organisation, carers, people with dementia, local groups and Alzheimer Scotland staff. Discussion included an update from Mr Simmons on post-diagnostic support, and he was keen to hear from people about their experience around diagnosis and the support they have received.

Mr Simmons also answered questions about the national dementia strategy and the commitment to improve community services to offer better and earlier support, so people with dementia can live well in their own home for longer.

At the meeting Pat Macdonald, support worker for Skye and Lochalsh who has worked with Alzheimer Scotland for over 20 years, said: “It is great to talk with Henry about how we are delivering post-diagnostic support locally and some of the challenges we face on the Island. There are also many strengths and it is great to hear people talking together so openly about dementia. A lot has changed in 20 years.

“By sharing experiences and raising awareness, we can change society’s attitude to the illness. We can encourage people to seek help when they are worried about their memory. We can improve standards of care and support. We can recognise and protect the fundamental human rights of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families. We can also make our communities, more dementia-friendly by becoming a Dementia Friend — find out more at www.scottishdementiafriends.org.”

Pictured with Mr Simmons  in Broadford Hall are Sue and Tony Huckell, who access the local service.