Dementia Awareness Week 2023

It’s Dementia Awareness Week, and a chance to raise the profile about dementia, help build understanding, share information and inspire people to look at dementia differently.

We’re anticipating the new Scottish Government Dementia Strategy will be out this week and the East Lothian Dementia Strategy will follow.  We’ll do blogs on these and let you know about how you can have your say.

We’re celebrating with a new poster, inspired by Tom Kitwood’s 5 elements of person centred care. Tom Kitwood transformed how we think about dementia in the 1990s, and continues to inspire us today.


We’ll be publishing a series of blogs this week, including on Tom Kitwood, and about  our different areas of work, including the Musselburgh Meeting Centre, Friendship Groups and Dementia Friendly Communities.  We’ll also tell you about the free training we can provide for you and your community, group or organisation.

Things to do this week..

In Gullane

Gullane Village Association, Gullane Day Centre and the Library are hosting events, including a pop up Friendship Group.

  • Tuesday 30th May – Learn a New Skill at Gullane Library 2-5pm
  • Wednesday 31st May- Pop Up Friendship Group  at Gullane Recreation Hall 2.30pm- 4pm
  • Thursday 1st June – Afternoon Tea at Gullane Day Centre 2-3pm

You can read the GVA newsletter HERE.

In East Linton 

Pop into the East Linton Friendship Group on Wednesday 31st May. It’s a new Friendship Group, that we support in partnership with the Parish of Traprain and the Lynton Day Centre. We meet in the Stables at Prestonkirk 10.30 – 12.30.


In Musselburgh

In Musselburgh we have a new Friendship Group, in partnership with Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club. We meet at in the clubhouse weekly on Thursdays 10.30-12.30.

In Libraries 

East Lothian Libraries are running events in some of their libraries this week. See their FaceBook page for more information.

Dementia is more than just a week..

Of course dementia will still be with us after awareness week. Our newsletter will be out in a week or so, so you can find out  what happens next and how to get involved, get or give help and support.  We’ll have printed copies and an e mail version. If you have information you’d like to share in the newsletter, get in touch!

Take care




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