MORE and more families, in the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area are tackling the situations that crop up when a member gets dementia.

And Alzheimer Scotland's dementia advisor in Fife, Janine Adair, wants them to realise that there is a lot of support out there to be tapped into and during Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from Monday to the weekend, AS will be trying to get the message out just what is there.

Dementia Awareness Week 2020 is an opportunity to support the 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and their families and carers. Alzheimer Scotland want to let people know they’re still there and that their priority remains to ensure nobody faces dementia alone.

Said Kirkcaldy based Janine: "Lockdown has been particularly challenging for many of the people the charity supports and staff are doing everything they can to make sure local services and structures remain in place to help minimise the impact of this. "Alzheimer Scotland want to make sure that people living with dementia in Scotland continue to have access to the support they need and deserve.

"Dementia is not on lockdown. Social isolation, loss of networks and disrupted routines will be a huge challenge for those people living with dementia and their carers during this crisis; particularly since they will face restrictions for an extended period of time".

Added Janine, who can be contacted on 01592 803797: "Alzheimer Scotland have adapted how they work as a charity to boost their 24/7 Freephone Dementia Helpline capacity and deliver online support groups, digital reminiscence therapy sessions and virtual Dementia Advisor ‘visits’ to ensure that no one is facing this crisis alone.

"If you have the chance to get involved in any way, online or in person, please support Dementia Awareness Week by following the conversation on social media (#DementiaAwareness) and reach out to your fellow citizens living with dementia and their carers.

"Our Dementia Awareness Week programme and local supports can be found here, including telephone befriending for people living with dementia and a wonderful mix of on-line groups for people living with dementia and their carers to join anytime."

Get involved with Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week (1-7 June 2020) by:

· Become a Dementia Friend online at www.alzscot.org/dementiafriends

· Support the Fair Dementia Care campaign here www.alzscot.org/fairdementiacare

· Support at this time could make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, many of whom are already at crisis point and are relying on Alzheimer Scotland as a lifeline. Help will go a long way to supporting our local frontline services throughout Scotland and for that we are deeply grateful. To support Alzheimer Scotland visit www.alzscot.org/donate

· If you have any questions about dementia, or want to find out about support in your area, call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Freephone Helpline on 0808 808 3000.