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Community and dementia

Dementia is not just about the individual, it is about the community and its response to dementia.  Community involvement and support – as well as the use of community resources – is crucial to the involvement and inclusion of people living with dementia and unpaid carers of those with dementia to be part of their own community.

This publication contains a foreword by Professor John Swinton from the University of Aberdeen, about dementia and citizenship, and the Trust’s CEO, Anna Buchanan, talks about community and post-diagnostic support in Scotland. 

It also contains a ‘Dementia Friendly Toolkit’, which outlines how to make ANY community dementia friendly and it features all of the Trust funded dementia friendly communities in Scotland, of which there are 38.  

Each project talks about their work, what has been effective, the support they provide for people living with dementia and for unpaid carers, and how they are creating, involving and empowering communities to be inclusive of those with dementia and unpaid carers who live there. 

There are also contact details for all of these projects, should you wish to learn more or explore what they are doing to inform your own work. It’s also a fantastic collection of brilliant initiatives and individuals, doing great work.

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