This week our club was visited by Anne Duncan along with her husband Johnny and some of their friends to talk about the Dementia Support Group that they run from the War Memorial Hall in Alford.
Currently around 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and this is predicted to rise to over a million by 2025 as a result of the ageing population. Anne Duncan, Nurse Care Co-ordinator at the Alford Surgery, recognised a local need for a support group helping people with dementia as well as their carers. Anne was able to start the group with a grant and has since received support from the Masons, Co-Op and ourselves amongst others.
The group which relies on volunteers meets twice a month for a coffee morning and a mixture of activities and chat.
Anne is optimistic that dementia will soon receive more funding (there is currently only one dementia researcher for every four cancer researchers) and stressed the importance of early diagnoses so that medication can be administered to slow the progress.
Dementia is not an easy subject to talk about especially as so many of us are now affected but it was good to understand a little more about the condition and great to know that volunteers are working to ease the burden in our area. We were pleased to make a modest donation at the end of the evening and will no doubt continue to support this group the need for which, it seems, will only grow.