Fife dementia pilot could be model for the future

Learning about the pilot scheme
Learning about the pilot scheme

The initial steps in creating the first dementia friendly community in Fife have been taken as business owners in Leslie gathered for a informal seminar.

Business owners gathered at a specially arranged drop in seminar after the town was chosen to pilot the scheme, if proved to be successful it could be used as a blueprint for similar initiatives that could be introduced right across the Kingdom.

The project is designed to enable dementia sufferers to live in the town for longer and to have a better quality of life.

Many of the problems associated with dementia can be minimised by people taking a few simple steps.

Councillor John Wincott is supporting the move which would enable dementia sufferers to remain active in the community and not feel isolated.

He said, “Dementia is a growing problem, but by people in the community learning about dementia and doing very simple and practical things, it can make an enormous difference to dementia sufferers and their carers,.

“This type of project has been rolled out in a few other areas in Scotland, most notably in North Lanarkshire, and we are now keen to see how well it can fit in with the needs we have in Fife.

“If local businesses can support this, then it will make a huge difference to the 
people in the town, and is also likely to benefit their businesses.”

Fife Council are supporting the initiative.