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Dementia is a general term describing a set of symptoms, which can include memory loss, confusion and problems with communication and reasoning. Dementia can also cause behaviour and personality changes, which can be particularly distressing for family members and carers.

Dementia is caused by damage to the brain, which can be caused by disease or injury. There are over 100 types of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s Disease. Although dementia is most common in older people, it can also affect people in their 40’s, 50’s or even younger.

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In Scotland, there are currently over 90,000 people living with dementia.

This figure is set to double within a generation as our population grows and ages.

Although there is no cure for dementia, with the right level of therapeutic engagement, practical advice, emotional support and social interaction, please with dementia can live independent lives in their own communities for longer.

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Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia charity in Scotland. They campaign for the rights of people living with dementia and their families and provide extensive range of innovative and personalised support. Through fundraised income, they are able to fund a 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline, Dementia Resource Centres, Dementia Advisors, Community Activity Organisers, Volunteer Coordinators and much more to help people live well with dementia.

Alzheimer Scotland is also committed to supporting research across Scotland to find new knowledge that could lead to changes in prevention, treatment, policies and care. With your support, they can help improve the lives of people with dementia both now and in the future.

Find out more on the Alzheimer Scotland website: www.alzscot.org.

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Alzheimer Scotland is proud of their work in local communities, which includes their Dementia Resource Centres. They now have 21 across Scotland which offer friendly, accessible information and support. You can drop in to pick up information, make an appointment to meet a Dementia Advisor or find out what activities are on in your local area.

Download the Dementia Resource Centre Map.

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Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Helpline - 0808 808 3000

The Alzheimer Scotland Freephone Dementia Helpline provides information and emotional support for people living with dementia, their families, carers and professionals.

It’s the UK’s only 24 hour, 365 days a year resource. With over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland right now, and that number expected to rise, it’s rare to find someone who has not experienced the impact of dementia on someone they are close to.

A dementia diagnosis is life changing. That is why we want to make a difference every day. We want to make sure no one who receives a dementia diagnosis feels alone in their journey.

Download a Helpline poster to display in your pharmacy.

For more information please visit the Alzheimer Scotland website.

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