Age Concern Dundee has put a grant from Scotmid Co-operative’s North Regional Committee to good use by creating a dementia library. More than 35 books, published by the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, can now be accessed by Five Ways Centre clients, carers, staff and members of the wider community, at the centre.
Age Concern Dundee Fundraising Officer, Clare Fulton, said: “Increasing numbers of our clients are living with dementia and we have fantastic staff and volunteers at Age Concern Dundee who are trained to understand the condition. The library arises from the need to inform and educate clients, carers and the wider community about dementia and the ways and means of helping those who are living with it, to do so more comfortably.
Dementia can often make people feel agitated, upset, worried and anxious and it is important to respond quickly at the first signs of this. Dementia features largely in our society and raising awareness goes a long way to develop understanding, empathy and effective response.”
Laura Paterson, Scotmid Membership and Community Officer, said: “As a co-operative, Scotmid operates with the principle of giving back to local communities where we can. The Five Ways Centre is such a valuable resource for elderly Dundonians and their families and such a firm fixture in the Coldside community and the wider city, so it is a pleasure to be able to assist such a fantastic charity.”
More information about Age Concern Dundee can be found at www.ageconcerndundee.com