Dementia awareness

A cheque for �1440 was presented to the Guide Dogs for the Blind at Ness Drive Arbroath on Wednesday morning. The money was raised from two events the first a medium evening in the Cliffburn Hotel and a bingo night in the Newgate Bowling Club. James Cameron held the medium show with Moira Rutherford and Norma Malcolm and the help of Elizabeth Guthrie. Ronnie Webster helped run the bingo evening. Pictured are, from left - Ken Will, Shirley Stewart guide dog trainer, Glenys Will, Mr Cameron and Elizabeth Guthrie not forgetting Kaspa the dementia dog.
A cheque for �1440 was presented to the Guide Dogs for the Blind at Ness Drive Arbroath on Wednesday morning. The money was raised from two events the first a medium evening in the Cliffburn Hotel and a bingo night in the Newgate Bowling Club. James Cameron held the medium show with Moira Rutherford and Norma Malcolm and the help of Elizabeth Guthrie. Ronnie Webster helped run the bingo evening. Pictured are, from left - Ken Will, Shirley Stewart guide dog trainer, Glenys Will, Mr Cameron and Elizabeth Guthrie not forgetting Kaspa the dementia dog.

The Rotary Club of Carnoustie expanded their knowledge on the topic of dementia when they welcomed a trio of special visitors last week.

Club president Lorraine Young welcomed Ken and Glenys Will along with their dementia dog, Kaspa.

Glenys spoke to the members about Ken’s dementia diagnosis and the positive impact that Kaspa has had on their lives after he came to them from the Dementia Dog Project.

According to Glenys, Kaspa has given both herself and Ken their lives back. She said: “If Ken is agitated or upset, Kaspa will come over and give him a gentle nudge which puts a smile back on his face. Kaspa is trained to respond to an alarm to fetch Ken his medication, and it has greatly reduced Ken’s separation anxiety.

“I have watched Ken’s fear and insecurity be replaced with renewed confidence and a sense of joy and purpose.”