Help is spreading for people with dementia and their carers in the Central belt as Alzheimer Scotland in Stirling and Clackmannanshire reaches deeper into the community from its new location at Stirling University Innovation Park.
Alzheimer Scotland Stirling & Clackmannanshire Service has recently relocated to the Innovation Park to best serve their service users through a series of community based activities. The team of 9 based at the new centre is trained to help and support both people with dementia and their carers, with a further 17 staff working one to one within the community.
Tuning into what stimulates the memories of their service users is what drives the team, and one of their most successful projects to date has been football reminiscence groups. These gather a group of gentlemen together who have had a history of football following, and develop activities to stimulate both current and past interest. Another well attended success is the monthly Musical Memories group and it is projects like these which have been formed as a result of closer interaction of people with dementia, carers, practitioners and researchers, and it is hoped that the relocation to the University Innovation Park will consolidate these links.
The move to the unit, which covers almost 2000 sq ft, has been a long time coming as the organisation outgrew its previous location in Bridge of Allan, and is now providing a valuable service to around 140 people with dementia and their carers.
Centre manager, Lesley Corr noted, “We have a hub of activity here at the Innovation Park. The location is ideal for our customer reach and the proximity to the research base at the University gives our service and the academic focus of the University, strong foundations for further development. This move to our new home on the University Campus can only be good news for people with dementia and their families.”
Already the University’s Dementia Research Group can see strong potential for progress. Professor Emma Reynish, Chair in Dementia at University of Stirling said, “Completing the honey pot for dementia innovation that is found in this corner of the UK, the relocation of Alzheimer Scotland to the Innovation Park is a positive move for all involved including the University of Stirling’s Dementia Research Group, the DSDC, and the CNS company.”
The Park's Business Development Manager, Lynn Blaikie is delighted to see Alzheimer Scotland's relocation benefiting all parties. She noted, “The whole idea of the Innovation Park is to encourage innovative development – from research into practical application and vice versa. Alzheimer Scotland's new base on the Park, does just that and I feel confident that the bridges across practice and theory will continue to be reinforced by this positive move.”