Living with Dementia

Worried about your memory?

Many people worry about their memory. Sometimes people are afraid that forgetfulness is the start of something else, like dementia. Your memory may be nothing to worry about but this booklet is designed to help you decide if you should visit your doctor.


Download the booklet Worried About Your Memory (PDF)


Facing dementia – How to live well with your diagnosis

If your doctor has told you that you have dementia, then this booklet, which was written with the help of people with a diagnosis of dementia, will help you understand more about your illness, how to cope with your symptoms and plan for your future.


Download the booklet Facing Dementia – How to live well with your diagnosis (PDF)


Travel – Hints and tips for the person with dementia

Booklet covering useful travel hints and tips for all modes of transport to make your journey stress free. Produced by the Scottish Dementia Working Group and written for the person with dementia and their carers. It also aims to raise awareness among transport operators about the needs of the person with dementia when travelling.


Download the booklet Travelling with Dementia (PDF)

Dementia Helpline – 0808 808 3000

Alzheimer Scotland run a freephone Dementia Helpline, 24 hours a day. If you, or your family need to talk to someone about living with dementia, call them on 0808 808 3000. For more details, go to Dementia Helpline on Alzheimer Scotland’s website.


Dementia Advisors

Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Advisors support people with dementia and their carers. They also run services in local communities. For contact details of your local Dementia Advisor in Aberdeenshire, go to Aberdeenshire Dementia Advisor on Alzheimer Scotland’s website. They can:

  • provide information and advice
  • help you find the dementia support you need
  • connect you to local groups and services
  • help your local community to be more dementia-friendly
  • help you influence the policies and services that affect you

Seize the Day

The Seize the Day project offers support for people recently diagnosed or in the early stages of dementia and their families and friends.


Positive Dementia Group

The Positive Dementia Group meets once a month in Aberdeen. If you are interested in joining or knowing more about their activities, go to the Positive Dementia Groupwebpage.


Grampian CareData – Dementia Services

Grampian CareData has details of local services and activities for people with dementia that are organised in your area by voluntary organisations, Aberdeenshire council, Aberdeen City council and NHS Grampian. For more information, go to Dementia services on Grampian CareData’s website.


Life Changes Trust

In September 2012, The BIG Lottery Fund approved funding for the creation of the Life Changes Trust. A fully independent £50 million trust, which aims to transform the lives of young people leaving care and improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers in Scotland.


To find out more, please go to the Life Changes Trust website.


Dementia Dogs


The Dementia Dog project was set up to bring dogs back into the lives of people with dementia. It aims to prove that dogs can help people with dementia maintain their daily routines.


The project is jointly run by Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for the Disabled. It is based in Forfar where the first trained dogs are working.


For more information, contact details, and stories of how people with dementia have had their lives enhanced by dogs, please go to the Dementia Dog website.


Dementia and Sight Loss

Do you, or someone you are caring for, have sight loss or problems with vision? This leaflet produced by RNIB Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland about Dementia and Sight Loss will give you some helpful advice and information.


Download the leaflet Dementia and Sight Loss (PDF)


Aberdeen Dementia Resource Centre

Alzheimer Scotland have moved into a new resource centre in Aberdeen. Their address is:

Alzheimer Scotland
Aberdeen Dementia Resource Centre
13 – 19 King Street
AB24 5AA


Tel: 01224 644077


Aberdeenshire’s Dementia Advisor can be contacted at:


Alzheimer Scotland
30 West High Street
AB51 3QR
Tel : 01467 530512 or 07879551831

Aberdeenshire’s Charter for Older People

Aberdeenshire’s Charter for Older People outlines what older people themselves, communities, Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian and voluntary organisations should aspire to contribute and achieve when supporting the independence and well-being of every older person in Aberdeenshire.


The charter deals with issues on health, safer communities, housing, transport, information and advice as well as having a say.


Launched in May 2014, the Charter will be monitored annually by the Community Planning Partnership.


Download the Charter (PDF 4.94Mb).

Dementia Friendly Communities in Aberdeenshire


“A dementia friendly community is made up of the whole community – shop assistants, public service workers, faith groups, businesses, police, fire and ambulance staff, bus drivers, school pupils, clubs and societies, and community leaders – people who are committed to working together and helping people with dementia to remain a part of their community and not become apart from it” (Alzheimer Scotland).


If you live in, or visit, a dementia-friendly community, you can expect there to be local shops, groups and services in the area where people will be welcoming and understanding of your needs. There are a number of areas in Scotland where dementia-friendly communities are coming into being. Often, there’ll be a sign displayed to tell you a shop or business is ‘dementia-friendly’.


Huntly, Inverurie and Stonehaven are being supported to become dementia-friendly communities. Later in 2016, work will start to support Fraserburgh and Banchory to become dementia-friendly.


Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action – in partnership with NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Council and Alzheimer Scotland – employ project workers to work locally with people with dementia, their families, local shops, groups and businesses to raise awareness and understanding about dementia.


For more information please contact:

Dementia Friendly Aberdeenshire Team Leader, Kate Gray:

Huntly – Fiona Thomson:

Inverurie – Phyllis

Stonehaven – Kate Gray:


Dementia Friendly Aberdeenshire is funded for 2016 – 2018 by the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and is hosted by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action.

The Creative Activity Workbook


Aberdeenshire Council Arts Development has launched the Creative Activity Workbook, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. A hands on guide to activities for carers and people with early to middle stage dementia written in a recipe format, with an activity for every week of the year. Activities are creative and include gardening, arts and crafts, writing, trips and games, and music and song. The aim is to improve wellbeing and self-esteem, keep the brain active and simply have fun.


Each activity lists the materials you need, followed by a step by step guide to the process. Most materials are easy to get hold of and fairly inexpensive, or things you might have in the home or garden. Some activities are quick and some will need more time and a wee bit of planning. You can choose whatever one you want to do – there’s no particular order, just enjoy yourself.


Hard copies of the workbook are available through the Aberdeenshire Library Service, all care homes and sheltered housing venues, and community centres. You can also download it by clicking this link:


Aberdeenshire Dementia Strategy 2015 to 2018

Aberdeenshire’s Dementia Strategy describes a co-ordinated vision and action plan to support the local implementation of Scotland’s second national Dementia Strategy. Through its action plan it will support the delivery of the best possible care for people with dementia, their carers and their families in Aberdeenshire.


The strategy was published in July 2016 and was developed by NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Council, and voluntary organisations in Aberdeenshire.


Aberdeenshire Dementia Strategy 2015 to 2018 (PDF 712KB)

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