Dementia and Alzheimer's

Signs of dementia and getting help

Signs of dementia may include

  • short term memory loss
  • feeling confused in unfamiliar places
  • difficulty finding the right words problems with numbers or handling money
  • finding it hard to follow conversation or TV programmes
  • depression or mood changes.

If you're worried about yourself or someone else, it's important to talk to your GP. They will be able to give advice and arrange for tests if needed. Getting diagnosed means you can get practical support to continue living an active life.

If you have questions or just need to talk, you can call the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Helpline on 

0808 808 3000.

It's confidential and you don't have to give your name if you prefer not to.

Getting help after diagnosis

After diagnosis, everyone is entitled to at least one year of support.  

A link worker can help you or your carer to 

  • understand the illness and manage the symptoms
  • help you live well with dementia in your own home and community
  • plan for future care. 

For more information about support after a diagnosis of dementia contact Alzheimer Scotland on

0131 551 9350.

We can support and provide care so you can live well at home. This support includes

  • help with washing, dressing or preparing meals
  • personal alarms and monitors 
  • local dementia support services 
  • People with dementia may be exempt from paying Council Tax.

If you, or someone you know has dementia, contact Social Care Direct to ask us for advice or to assess your needs.

If you are a carer, you may be interested in carer's support and advice.


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