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Westerton Care Home in Bearsden is hosting an afternoon tea on Saturday, May 23 to highlight dementia during Dementia Awareness Week (May 18-24).

Over 800,000 people in the UK already live with dementia, and over 1,000,000 will be affected by the condition within 10 years.

Visitors will get an insight into what living with dementia is like and find out how the home’s award winning manager Joan Fraser and her team of staff care for their 87 residents, many of whom live with the condition.

Joan Fraser said: “Not every care home in this country can offer dementia care as we do.We give our residents as much independence as we can and support their day to day life through activities such as gardening, golfing, singing and working with Alzheimer’s Scotland in their Football Memories project. We believe every care home in Scotland needs to support those living with dementia, because it’s sadly only set to rise.”

This is a view shared by Neil Hunt, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, who said;

“One in three people over 65 will end their life with a form of dementia and many will spend their final years in a care home. Our Putting Care Right campaign is about ensuring people with dementia get access to quality care. This means compulsory dementia training for all staff and tougher inspection and regulation systems. It also means challenging our views and raising expectations of care for people with dementia in care homes.”

Due to the nature of the environment an appointment is necessary to attend this free event, please call 0141 942 5834 or via the website www.westertoncarehome.com.