Dementia Awareness Week

Motion S4M-09960: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014
Dementia Awareness Week

That the Parliament notes that Dementia Awareness Week 2014 will take place from 18 to 24 May; notes that it is estimated that there are approximately 88,000 people with dementia in Scotland and around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65; understands that local health charities will collaborate to reach people across the country with a wide range of activities and events to raise awareness of the condition; commends the work done by carers across Scotland in caring for friends and family members who have dementia, and recognises organisations such as Alzheimer Scotland for their ongoing effort in providing what it considers excellent services and vital support for the people across Scotland with dementia and their carers.

World No Tobacco Day

Motion S4M-09959: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014
World No Tobacco Day

That the Parliament notes that 31 May 2014 is World No Tobacco Day; encourages as many people across Scotland as possible to take part in the challenge to abstain from cigarettes for a minimum of 24 hours; understands that over 13,000 people die in Scotland each year from diseases related to tobacco use; welcomes any initiatives that encourage and support smokers to kick the habit; considers that the ban of smoking in public places has been a great success and has reduced both admissions and deaths from cardiovascular events; however, believes that there is still more that can be done to ensure that all non-smokers are protected from the risk of ill-health due to being exposed to passive smoking, and looks forward to Scotland becoming a smoke-free country.

National Epilepsy Week

Motion S4M-09958: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014
National Epilepsy Week

That the Parliament notes National Epilepsy Week, which is being held from 18 to 24 May 2014; notes that this year’s theme is Transforming Lives, which gives the opportunity to each epilepsy charity to interpret it in different ways in order to provide training, conduct research and raise awareness; understands that 54,000 people live with this condition in Scotland and that children and older people are most at risk of developing this common serious neurological condition but anyone can develop epilepsy at any time; further understands that eight people in Scotland are diagnosed with epilepsy every day, and commends organisations such as Epilepsy Scotland for their ongoing effort to improve services and raise awareness of epilepsy.