Dementia Aberdeenshire website launched

ABERDEENSHIRE Council has launched a new website providing information about dementia and sources of support and advice in the area.

The website, www.dementia-aberdeenshire.org , was developed between Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian in response to feedback from people diagnosed with dementia. It carries local and national information for people and families to access health, care, legal and financial advice with specific information for carers. In a bid to ensure that it meets its purpose, it has also been ‘road-tested’ by members of the ‘Positive Dementia’ group to ensure that the site is accessible, includes good information and is well designed.

Previously, many patients had been offered a folder of printed information about how to access advice, support and understand the symptoms of dementia. Health professionals hope that the new website will allow families to access more quickly a wide range of up-to-date advice and facts.

Regional Manager for Alzheimer Scotland Fiona Roberts said: “The feedback we have received about the new website has been positive.

“The website is straightforward to use and links to a number of sites and resources giving useful information about dementia and the help that is available.

“We’ve been consulting with people with dementia and their families and believe it will be a good source of help and support to people with dementia and their families.”

Following the launch of the website, Councillor Gurudeo Saluja, Chair of the Social Work and Housing Committee said: “The site has been developed in partnership with the NHS and is an excellent example of our joint approach to reshaping care for older people.

“This project shows our commitment to helping people manage their lifestyle when they are diagnosed with dementia and will provide a new way of reaching more people, in a more accessible way with the latest local and national information.”