24-hour service available for those struggling
FAMILIES affected by dementia are being reminded about a free, 24-hour service that offers dedicated support.
Alzheimer Scotland launched a helpline in 1989 and since then has provided up to two million minutes of help. The service is operated by a team of 55 dedicated volunteers, many of whom have personal experience of caring for people living with dementia.
Margaret Sanderson, from Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, says the helpline was invaluable when her mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
She said: “I already had some experience of the helpline before putting myself forward to become a volunteer to help support families living with dementia. “Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia and being the sole carer at the time, I often had many sleepless nights of worry usually around care.
Ultimately the calls to the helpline helped me to make some changes to help ease the worry of our family situation at the time.
“As a volunteer and being there at the end of the line to listen to callers who simply need to offload when they’ve maybe had nowhere else to turn to, is so rewarding. Having lived through many of the experiences, I can provide understanding that callers