Independent Living Show returns for third outing

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The event takes place on Wednesday and Thursday October 4 and 5

26th September 2017 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

A major disability lifestyle and independent living event is taking place next week.

Scotland’s Independent Living Show returns to Glasgow’s SEC on 4 and 5 October, with more than 100 exhibitors offering advice and aids in mobility and rehabilitation.

Sally Magnusson, BBC Scotland journalist - author and founder of Playlist for Life, a charity which aims to bring music back into the lives of those living with dementia - will be at the centre to officially open the event.

Now in its third year, the event will showcase the most innovative and inspirational products to aid independent living, from homecare to rehabilitation and mobility, providing visitors with the opportunity to meet key retailers, manufacturers and organisations who will offer the very best advice, choice and solutions.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the mobile virtual dementia tour and, the autism reality experience, providing virtual reality experiences that will allow individuals to put themselves in the shoes of those living with these conditions and understand how it affects their day to day lives. 

Magnusson said: “I’m delighted to be opening this important event. Personal music has been shown to improve the experience of dementia in all sorts of ways and I’m looking forward to talking about the ways in which it has made life better for people - not least in my own family.”

Set to welcome 2,500 visitors over the course of the two days, Independent Living Scotland is a free to attend event, aimed at those affected by a disability, their families, carers, older people and healthcare professionals.

All visitors are entitled to free parking in the SEC surface level car park when they register in advance (T&Cs apply). Exhibitors for 2017 include Allied Mobility, Alzheimer Scotland Autochair, Fast Aid Medical and Mobility, Guide Dogs Scotland, Macklin Motors, Stanley Handling and Scottish Water.

Nearly one in five people of working age (1 million, or 19%) in Scotland are disabled and one in 100 people are diagnosed with autism.  Recent figures show that 92,000 Scottish people suffer from dementia with more than 3,000 of these under the age of 65.

Tsitsi Lynn Makuni at QD Events, organisers of Independent Living Scotland, said: “We are pleased to bring this event back to the SEC for another year and we have some fantastic exhibitors lined up to share their solutions and advice for assisting Scots with living independently.”

28th September 2017 by Sue

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