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Dementia

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The number of people in Scotland whose lives are affected by dementia is rising fast.  Our dementia advice guides cover a range of topics, including reducing the risk, living well, and caring for someone with dementia.

What is dementia?

This guide explains what dementia is and provides information on the various types of dementia, their early signs and symptoms, how to reduce the risk of dementia, and what to do if you are worried about dementia or have had a dementia diagnosis.

What is Dementia guide

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Reducing your risk of dementia

Currently, there is no cure for dementia, and it cannot be entirely prevented. Some things that increase your risk, like age or genetics, can’t be changed, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk of getting dementia. Our Reducing your risk of dementia guide explains these steps.

Reducing your risk of dementia guide

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Living well with early-stage dementia

This guide is for someone living with early-stage dementia. It explains what services are available to support you and provides information about important things to sort out, and practical things you might want to think about. Family members, friends, and carers of people living with dementia may also find the information useful. Everyone experiences dementia differently.  But having support in place can help you live well for as long as possible.

Living well with Early Stage Dementia guide

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Caring for someone with early-stage dementia

This guide is for someone who is caring for a person living with early-stage dementia.  It provides information about services available to support you, and information about practical things you might want to think about.

Caring for someone with early stage dementia guide

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Benefits for people living with dementia

The benefits system can provide financial support for people living with dementia. This guide will give you an idea of the main benefits you may be entitled to as a person over State Pension age living with dementia, or as a carer.

Benefits for someone living with dementia guide

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Dementia and the workplace: a guide for employers in Scotland

This guide explains how dementia can affect the workplace and what employers can do to minimise the risk of dementia adversely affecting their workforce and business. It also sets out what they must and should do with regard to an employee who is living with dementia, or who is caring for someone with dementia.

Dementia and the workplace guide

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Creating a dementia enabling home

For most people living with dementia, it is important to them to remain in their own home for as long as possible. This guide looks at the changes that can be made for people living with dementia to allow them to remain independent, safe and comfortable in their own home.

Creating a dementia enabling home guide

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Dementia training

Age Scotland’s Dementia Training Team runs a wide variety of free short courses on a range of dementia topics.  These have been developed with the needs of paid-staff and volunteers in community groups and services in mind.  There are also workshops for people, often family members or friends, who have assumed a caring responsibility for someone who is living with dementia to provide information on their rights as a carer.  

About Dementia

Age Scotland's About Dementia project works with people living with dementia and those who support them to shape the policy and practice that affects them in everyday life. 

Order copies of our publications

You can download our guides using the links on this page. To request copies, which will be posted out to you for free, you can use our online publications order form or call the Age Scotland Helpline (0800 12 44 222 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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