Building Dementia Friendly Communities: Assets Based Community Development

    We’re not called Dementia Friendly East Lothian for nothing! Getting a diagnosis of dementia changes lives, but people still want to continue with their normal daily life as long as possible. It’s those simple daily routines that make life sweet – the daily walk to the shops, meeting friends, having a cuppa and […]

From Stornoway to Port Seton: Getting creative at Cockenzie House

    DFEL was delighted to welcome Paula Brown from Arora, A Dementia Friendly Community based at An Lanntair Arts Centre on the Isle of Lewis. Paula kindly agreed to run a workshop. Lorna Bunney, coordinator of Dunbar Carers Support Group organised the day which was held at Cockenzie House and Gardens, Port Seton. The […]

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

  Dementia Awareness Week runs from 29th May to 4th June. It’s a chance to focus on Dementia, what it is, how it affects people and what we can do about it.  This year there are events happening across East Lothian.   We started with the launch of Dementia Friendly Pencaitland at the Pencaitland Primary […]

Playlist for Life in East Lothian

  Playlist for life is a great project with the vision that everyone affected by dementia can have a playlist of the songs that capture the most important people, places and memories of their lives. It was set up by Sally Magnusson a few years ago and has become much loved by many of us […]

Supporting the carers of people with dementia: An inside view

“No one really prepares you for the bombshell and the changes you know you are going to have to make in your life. I work full time (because I need to) and struggle with all of these things and the extra bits that my husband used to do but can’t any more. All my spare […]

An Apple A Day: Dunbar Day Centre & Dunbar Grammar School Visit the Apple Store

    It started with a conversation with Kirsty McLuckie at Dunbar Grammar school about how the school could support Dementia Friendly Dunbar.  The school has been great supporter of Dementia Friendly and we’d done some visits and the school had hosted the East Lothian Intergenerational Network, so what were we going to do next? […]

Dementia and Sensory Challenges

  “I wish someone had told me in the beginning what it [sensory symptoms] was.” Helen Many people think dementia is all about memory and forgetting, but for many people  it involves much more than this. Agnes Houston is a person with dementia who experiences sensory and cognitive challenges. As Agnes spoke to other people with dementia she […]

What a Difference a Day Centre Makes

          Social isolation and loneliness – words that run off the tongue, but how many of us know what it feels like to be really lonely? A report by Dr Deborah Ritchie asked our Day Centre Members about their lives and what the Day Centre means to them. What comes across […]