Support Oban memory walk
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