MSP supports dementia project

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AN innovative project which raises awareness of the vital contribution of those who care for people with dementia has been backed by an MSP.

The Dementia Carer Voices Project, from the Health and Social Care Alliance, harnesses the work of Tommy Whitelaw, a former carer for his late Mum Joan.

Tommy, who has benefited from the services of Carers Link East Dunbartonshire, has collected hundreds of life stories from people which detail the difficult and different experience of caring for a loved one living with dementia.

The project aims to empower carers by raising awareness of dementia and the carer journey amongst health, social care professionals and MSPs, and providing a platform from which carers’ views and experiences can inform future policy and service provision.

One person in eight in East Dunbartonshire is a carer.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod said: “Given that more than six per cent of people aged over 75, and 20 per cent of those in their late 80s, are likely to have dementia, it is clear that a lot of people in my constituency will be caring for a lot of people with dementia.

“Support for carers is absolutely vital.”

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