Alzheimer Scotland Helps
Alzheimer Scotland aims to ensure nobody faces dementia alone. With 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland, and that figure expected to double in the next 20/30 years, it has never been more important to support people with dementia. Alzheimer Scotland provides a 24 hour free helpline which offers advice and support to people with dementia, their friends, families and carers and anyone who is concerned about dementia. Alzheimer Scotland also organises many groups to support people with dementia. These include dementia cafes, musical memories and carers groups, along with supporting a Dementia Advisor service. Alzheimer Scotland also aims to influence public policies for the benefit of people living with dementia, their families and carers.
5 things you should know about dementia.
- 1. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. It is caused by diseases which lead to changes to the structure and chemistry of the brain.
- 2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain. The word dementia describes a group of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with planning, problem-solving or language and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour.
- 3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory. People often associate dementia with memory loss, and it does often start by affecting a person’s short-term memory, but dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave. These symptoms can be very distressing for the person and the family.
- 4. It’s possible to live well with dementia. Scientists and researchers are working hard to find a cure or effective treatments for dementia. In partnership with people with dementia and their families, they are also looking into its causes, how it might be prevented and diagnosed earlier, and how to improve quality of life for people living with the condition.
- 5. There’s more to the person than their dementia. There is no getting away from it – living with dementia is hard. When someone is diagnosed, their plans for the future might have to change. But dementia doesn’t change who they are or what their history is.
Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland, providing a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. They offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey.
Around 90,000 people in Scotland have dementia, and dementia doesn’t just affect older people with over 3,000 people in Scotland under the age of 65 having some form of dementia.
Alzheimer Scotland &
Johnstons of Elgin
Every year Johnstons of Elgin ask their employees to nominate a charity which is close to their hearts. Due to dementia touching so many lives, Alzheimers Scotland was our chosen charity for 2016.