Sup­port Oban mem­ory walk

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN is to be turned into a ‘de­men­tia-friendly com­mu­nity’ un­der the watch­ful eye of Alzheimer Scot­land’s new north Ar­gyll ad­viser.

Sue Pa­gan, who will be based in the town, aims to help the 1,941 peo­ple in Ar­gyll and Bute suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia.

She said: ‘Clearly this is not an in­signif­i­cant is­sue and, although re­search has in­di­cated that there has been lit­tle change in the last 20 years, we have not yet seen the im­pact of an in­creas­ingly age­ing pop­u­la­tion. De­men­tia is not a nat­u­ral part of age­ing, but it is a dis­ease of later years and has to get away from the idea that a di­ag­no­sis of de­men­tia means that life is ef­fec­tively over.’

It is hoped Azheimer Scot­land’s De­men­tia Friends ini­tia­tive will raise aware­ness and ad­dress the stigma in com­mu­ni­ties, but re­lies on do­na­tions and fundrais­ing.

This is why Ms Pa­gan, who has a back­ground in coun­selling and men­tal health, is look­ing for­ward to the sec­ond Oban Mem­ory Walk, to be held this Sun­day from 2pm.

The new ad­viser said: ‘Please come along and walk for us, bring the fam­ily and bring the dog and make mem­o­ries or walk for some­one im­por­tant to you who has or had de­men­tia. We can all play a part in mak­ing sure that no- one faces de­men­tia alone.’

The Mem­ory Walk will take place on the Sus­trans track from Gana­van Sands to Dun­beg.

SOUND AD­VICE: Sue Pa­gan

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