Getting Edinburgh talking – Local care homes join The Big Dementia Conversation

Three care homes in Edinburgh are calling on local people to take part in a national conversation to learn more about dementia.

On Wednesday 24th January, from 2pm-4pm, Care UK’s Cairdean House, on Redford Road, in partnership with Murrayside, on South Beechwood, and Lauder Lodge, on Wakefield Avenue, is inviting members of the community for a special event as part of The Big Dementia Conversation – a nationwide initiative designed to encourage people to talk about dementia, including some of the most difficult topics associated with the condition.

According to a recent survey, commissioned by Care UK, eight in ten adults believe dementia is still misunderstood, with 69 percent of the nation believing it’s a subject which is not talked about enough in society. Many people also admit finding the condition uncomfortable to discuss – something Care UK is hoping to change by launching The Big Dementia Conversation.

The ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’ session, which will be held at Cairdean House and led by Dementia Friend and Senior Customer Relations Manager Richard Annan, alongside a Care UK dementia nurse, will provide insight into some of the lesser-known signs and symptoms of dementia, as well as guidance on how families may support their loved ones after a diagnosis.

In addition to the event, the Edinburgh community can also visit a newly launched online advice hub. The hub takes a closer look at some of the less-talked-about symptoms of dementia, with expert advice from Care UK’s dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition.

Anees Riaz, Home Manager at Lauder Lodge, said: “Here at Care UK, we strongly believe professional knowledge, insight and shared experiences can make a real difference to the everyday lives of those looking after a loved one living with dementia.

“We know that it can be challenging to look after a friend or relative living with dementia, especially if they start displaying behaviours that are quite out of character. It’s natural to feel confused about the best way to help your loved one, which is why we’re thrilled to be taking part in The Big Dementia Conversation.

“We are looking forward to welcoming local people for what promises to be an interesting afternoon of information and guidance, and we’d encourage those interested to book their space to avoid missing out.”

To find out more about Care UK’s Big Dementia Conversation initiative, please visit:

To book your place for the event, please call Senior Customer Relations Manager, Richard Annan, on 0131 516 4006, or email

For more information about Cairdean House, Lauder Lodge or Murrayside, please visit:

Cairdean House, Lauder Lodge and Murrayside care homes have been specially designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care homes incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities, and have their own cinemas, hair salons and cafés.