Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe.

Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.

The Alzheimer's Society report that there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

So why is #WorldAlzMonth so important? 

Unpaid carers supporting someone with dementia save the economy £11 billion a year. However, we know that many carers often receive little or no support. 

Renfrewshire Carers Centre has a wide variety of supports for Dementia Carers, including: 

Dance and Reminisce -

Bring your loved one and join in on gentle seated exercise, whilst reminiscing to music from back in your younger days. Dance and Reminisce is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved one, join us every Tuesday at 1.30pm. 

Alzheimer's and Dementia Carers Support Group -

This group takes place at Northcroft Medical Centre on the first Thursday or every month at 1pm. Our support group is a friendly safe environment for carers to talk and learn through sharing experiences.  

Dementia Training -

Our Carers Training Project has two dementia specific courses coming up. "Caring for Someone with Dementia" on Tuesday 29th October and "Responding to Distress in Dementia" on Tuesday 12th  November. 

Dementia Carers Cafe -

In partnership with Renfrewshire HSCP and Alzheimer's Scotland, we met Dementia Carers on the second Friday of every month in the balcony area at the Royal Alexandria Hospital, from 2pm -4pm. 

For more information on our groups or training, please call us on 0141 887 3643

For more helpful hints and tips, Occupational Therapists in Scotland are working together to raise awareness of dementia. You can follow them on Twitter @AHPDementia or read their handy blog

Alternatively you can visit Alzheimer's Scotland for more information.