Alzheimer charity to hold memory cafes in Fraserburgh

Heather, Janice and Angelika from Alzheimer Scotland in Asda Fraserburgh
Heather, Janice and Angelika from Alzheimer Scotland in Asda Fraserburgh

Alzheimer Scotland have ran a day in Asda Fraserburgh to promote their upcoming reminiscence cafes in the Broch.

The charity was awarded a grant by Your Voice Your Choice Participatory Budgeting Health and Wellbeing Fund to provide community activities in Fraserburgh over the next year.

Janice Caine, Service Manager, from Alzheimer Scotland said: “This money will help us run activities in the Fraserburgh Community for people affected by dementia or memory difficulties and their families and friends.”

The charity will run weekly afternoon conversation and reminiscence cafés, based at St Peter’s Hall in Charlotte Street, which can be used by anyone experiencing memory difficulties or with a diagnosis of dementia and their family members and friends.

Ms Caine said: “At the weekly café sessions you can come along to meet others in a safe environment for socialising, reminiscing, musical memories, occasional tea dances and football reminiscence, for those who love football.

“Together with the Fraserburgh library, we will be running “Hae a News” sessions, where, amongst other topics, we will be chatting and reminiscing about past times, looking at what made the news in Fraserburgh over the last 100 years and looking at farming and fishing in the area.”

Family and friends of those living with dementia will also be able to access a monthly drop in session based at St Peter’s Hall.

At these drop in sessions they can receive specialised advice and information, which may help them in caring for and supporting their loved ones.

During the drop in sessions, they can be connected with others in similar situations and for peer support, if they so wish.

Ms Caine said: “We hope that people with dementia and memory difficulties and their families and others involved, will benefit in a variety of ways from those activities, being connected to their community; having fun and at the same time exercise memory and concentration, as well as aiding their general health and wellbeing.”

Dementia affects an estimated 90,000 people in Scotland says the charity - 3,200 of those are under 65 years old.

Alzheimer Scotland’s aim as an organisation is to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers and improve their experience so they don’t feel alone.