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We know that growing older doesn't come with a manual. Later life may bring changes and opportunities to your life and you may need to know about rights, organisations and services which are unfamiliar to you.

That's why we provide free information and advice to help you on diverse topics ranging from claiming benefits and Power of Attorney, to care at home and care homes.


Information Topics

  • Care and Support

    Care and support at home, care homes and equipment for daily living
  • Health and Wellbeing

    Physical and mental health in later life, eating well.
  • Housing

    Housing options, information for older homeowners and fire safety.
  • Legal and family issues

    Power of Attorney, options of lost capacity, employment issues, wills, funerals.
  • Money Matters

    Benefits, scams, Council Tax, benefits calculator
  • Dementia

    What is dementia? Reducing the risk, living well, and caring for someone with dementia.
  • Energy

    Energy advice, understanding your fuel bills and free energy workshops.

Order your copies online!

You can have copies of any of our publications posted out to you for free. Place your order through our online form.

Much of the legislation which gives older people in Scotland rights and protections differs from that in England. Equalities, human rights and employment rights are UK-wide but most other rights for older people are covered by Scottish legislation.

You can call our helpline for information and advice on 0800 12 44 222 or browse our range of information guides by topic on this website. You can find our publications by following links from this page or if you would like free paper copies you can order them by calling our helpline, emailing or sending an order on our Publications List.

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A small favour

All the information and advice we provide is free and completely impartial and in helping people access their rights and entitlements, it can be life changing.

But demand is going up. We are an ageing population and more people than ever are coming to us for support. You can help us be there for those that need us most.

No matter how small or large, donations make a massive difference and help us continue our important work. Thank you for your support.

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The Age Scotland Helpline

Our free 0800 12 44 222 helpline is a free, confidential phone service for older people, their carers and families in Scotland. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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