Braehead Shopping Centre will be hosting a pop-up stall from Alzheimer Scotland for one week from the 4th of October. Each day one of our Dementia Advisors will be taking questions from anyone that might be worried about their or a loved ones memory, want to know more about support available in the area, or who simply have questions about dementia. Alongside them will be representatives from Brain Health Scotland to offer practical tips on protecting your brain Health.

Alzheimer Scotland also invite the public to take part in Dementia Friends Information Session between 11am-12pm daily. These sessions allow you to learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and the small things you can do to make a difference in your everyday life.

This is part of an ongoing partnership to make Braehead Scotland’s first Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre. As part of this project, staff at the shopping and leisure destination have taken part in Dementia Friends sessions, so they can make life easier and more comfortable for people living with dementia when they visit the centre.

Staff have also downloaded the Alzheimer Scotland Purple Alert app and linked in with the Braehead Centre’s control room, as this could provide a vital tool in finding someone with dementia who is lost.

The Braehead team have also taken steps to make the environment dementia friendly, such as placing signage at eye level, using coloured entrance mats instead of black, and changing out one modern wash hand basin tap in each toilet to a traditional and more familiar pillar tap.

Anne McWhinnie, Dementia Friendly Scotland Lead said, “Dementia affects almost every family in Scotland – it’s our biggest public health issue. A recent survey we carried out showed that people living with dementia still want to go shopping. We’re delighted to say that Braehead is now the first Dementia Friendly Shopping Centre in Scotland. They have been hugely supportive.”

Braehead’s community development manager, Lydia Brown said: “We aim to make everyone’s visit to Braehead as comfortable and safe as possible. We’ll do all we can to make sure people with dementia can enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants like everyone else does. The staff have enjoyed the sessions with Alzheimer Scotland and gaining more awareness of what they can do to make life easier for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends when they come to Braehead.”