Dementia Inclusive Communities
What makes a community age and dementia inclusive?
With funding from the Life Changes Trust, Age Scotland’s Early Stage Dementia Project looked into what makes a community age and dementia inclusive. There are lots of different definitions of what an age and dementia inclusive community is, with many focusing on health outcomes.
As part of the project, we wanted to investigate the links and potential differences between age and dementia friendly communities. We evaluated the policies of local councils and spoke to older people's groups across Scotland, including a sample of Age Scotland member groups and Life Changes Trust funded dementia friendly communities.
Supporting your community to become more inclusive
We believe it is so important that people feel empowered to take action in their local community to make positive change. Using our findings, we have developed a toolkit to support you to have conversations about your own community, and crucially give guidance on what you can do to make you community more inclusive.
You can read our full report with our findings about what makes a community age and dementia friendly.
You can also read a more in-depth analysis of local councils across Scotland.
We've created a handy checklist to help you investigate how age and dementia friendly your community is, covering topics such as public spaces, local services and transport options.
You may decide you want to contact your Local Councillor, Member of Scottish Parliament, or Member of Parliament about making your community more age and dementia friendly. We have provided a sample letter to help you get started, which you can edit to make it relevant to your local community. If you’d like help finding out who your local representative is, please get in touch with us and we’ll help you find the right contact details.
Calling Age Scotland Members!
As an Age Scotland member group you can also request a copy of our fun board game! We've created a game that helps start conversations about your community and what steps you could take to make it more incluive. For more infomation, please contact the team by email or call 0333 32 32 400.