Local Alzheimer’s cafe at Pitmedden

Dementia Cafe organisers along with members
Dementia Cafe organisers along with members

People from Ellon and Inverurie who are affected by dementia gathered for a walk around Pitmedden Gardens recently.

The dementia cafes which are organised by Alzheimer Scotland are open to people that have been diagnosed with any form of Alzheimer’s and their family and friends.

The event started off with a gentle walk around the gardens where visitors could view the extensive plants. Afterwards they could enjoy a coffee in the pleasant National Trust Scotland property joined by other people who have Dementia and the representatives of Alzheimer Scotland.

North Aberdeenshire Services Community activity organiser, Anouk Kahanov-Kloppert, said: “This is more a social gathering and about providing peer support.

“Cafes provide an informal meeting place for people with dementia and their families can get together for a cuppa and a chat.

“It is especially useful for people recently diagnosed with dementia, but everyone is welcome too if they can benefit from social interaction.”

Practice team leader, Jackie Calder, who was also on hand at the event, added: “Anyone affected by dementia can come along.

“Some of our events have guest speakers and we also hope to have activities including musical memories, gentle walking, exercise and arts and crafts too.”

Ellon’s Dementia cafe takes place on the first Tuesday of the month and the third Thursday of the month in Inverurie. For more details telephone Anouk on 01467 530510.

The cafes are ran thanks to Alzheimer Scotland staff with VSA carers service staff, health staff from the Dementia Outreach Team as well as volunteers.