Supporters putting their best foot forward for Scotland’s Memory Walk
Participants across Scotland are putting plans in place for their Memory Walks. Gary Lunan is one supporter with plans underway.
“This year I walk for my mum. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and me and my family currently care for her. Alzheimer Scotland are fantastic with information, support and activities they have on in the area. This helps my mum remain active and not feel isolated and keeps her independence as she gets out for a coffee and a chat with people she can relate to”.
Gary and his family currently care for his mother Susan, 65, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. Gary received dementia training through working for Erskine Hospital and it was this experience and knowledge of dementia which led him to notice changes in Susan’s short-term memory. This led to a GP appointment and referral for a diagnosis.
“Mum was my rock growing up, she was a stay-at-home mum and always spoiled and looked after me and that’s why I’d do anything to support her. She loves going for walks playing solitaire with her cards and playing dominos. She enjoys going out for a coffee and spending time with family especially her grandchildren Analiegh and Ashton”.
Alzheimer Scotland’s fundraised income support services including our Dementia Resource Centres in 21 different locations across Scotland. Those centres provide a safe and friendly environment for people with dementia and their carers to visit and take part in a wide variety of activity groups. Gary told us how his mother has benefited from these services,
“My mum goes to the coffee afternoon every Tuesday which is organised by Alzheimer Scotland in Greenock. She has actually made a few friends and the funny thing is she remembers going sometimes which is fantastic. She goes to have a chat, plays dominos and talks about the good old days as she calls it. It’s just so good to see her so active.”
Gary will complete his Memory Walk on Saturday 17th September and has chosen to walk the full route around Millport, Great Cumbrae; a much loved place to visit with his family. Having previous supported Alzheimer Scotland as an event photographer, Gary looks forward to lacing up his trainers and fundraising this year,
“I think it’s a fantastic idea if you are thinking of doing Scotland’s Memory Walk as it gives you a reason for exercise whilst also doing something for a great cause.”
You can Join Gary and others across Scotland by taking part in your own Memory Walk. Sign up for free at Scotland's Memory Walk.