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I was privileged to recently visit the Edinburgh head office of Alzheimer Scotland and spend an hour with Kathy, their Digital Dementia Advisor in the Innovations & Development team, to learn more about the fantastic work they do at the Dementia Resource Centre there. Kathy’s role focuses on helping people living with dementia use ‘off the shelf’ technology to make their lives, and those of their carers, a little easier. They have lots of tried and tested technology laid out on display that you can pick up, interact with and see if it might be right for you. From GPS tracking and fall alarms, to dementia friendly phones and clocks, to voice activated coffee machines, she can advise on products that others have already benefited from.

But this is just one of the many great initiatives offered by Alzheimer Scotland. They are ready to advise, help and meet with you to ensure you don’t face dementia alone. They are dedicated to transforming the landscape of dementia care, providing comprehensive services, advocating for change, and creating a sense of community for those affected by this challenging condition. It’s amazing that a relatively small team can have such a big impact for so many people.

Some other key services available are:

  • Dementia Advisors: One of Alzheimer Scotland’s cornerstone services is its Dementia Advisors program. These knowledgeable professionals act as guides, providing critical information and personalized support to individuals and families throughout their dementia journey. Dementia Advisors offer a reassuring presence, helping navigate the often confusing and overwhelming world of dementia. Please have a read of their first 10 year impact report to grasp just how much they have achieved in a relatively short time.
  • Dementia Resource Centres: Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centres offer friendly, accessible environments for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want to pop-in for some information, advice or support, the friendly staff and volunteers will be able to help you. Each Dementia Resource Centre is also a base for the wide range of local groups and activities.
  • 24-Hour Helpline: Dementia doesn’t adhere to a schedule, and neither does Alzheimer Scotland’s support. The organization’s 24-hour helpline ensures that help is always just a call away. Whether it’s an urgent question, a moment of distress, or the need for or ongoing support, this lifeline serves as a vital resource for anyone affected by dementia.
  • Community Activities: Alzheimer Scotland recognizes the importance of fostering a sense of belonging and social engagement. The organization organizes a variety of community activities and events, providing safe spaces for individuals with dementia and their caregivers to connect, share experiences, and create lasting memories.

Beyond its direct services, Alzheimer Scotland is a powerful advocate for change at local, national, and international levels. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness about dementia, dispelling myths, and challenging stigma. Through campaigns, educational programs, and collaborations, Alzheimer Scotland tirelessly works to create a more dementia-friendly society where individuals with the condition can live with dignity and respect.

Alzheimer Scotland’s innovative spirit is exemplified by its various projects aimed at enhancing the lives of those affected by dementia. The “Dementia Dog” initiative, for instance, pairs specially trained dogs with individuals living with dementia. These furry companions provide not only companionship but also practical assistance, such as reminding their owners to take medication and getting out for a walk.

Continuing the theme of safety and support, Alzheimer Scotland has embraced modern technology to enhance the well-being of individuals with dementia. As seen in their comprehensive guide About Digital and Me (ADAM), the organization acknowledges the usefulness of GPS-based tracking devices, such as pendants and watches, to ensure the safety of those prone to wandering. These devices offer real-time tracking, fall detection, and geo-fencing features, providing caregivers with peace of mind and enabling individuals with dementia to maintain a level of independence while minimizing risks. ADAM includes a host of other tried and tested devices to make so many aspects of life easier – why not take a look https://www.alzscot.org/adam

Alzheimer Scotland’s tireless dedication to improving the lives of individuals with dementia and their caregivers is nothing short of inspiring. They remind us that compassion, understanding, and unwavering support have the power to help so many of those touched by dementia.