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This suite of leaflets has been put together in response to concerns expressed by GPs that there was a lack of brief information readily available to them to pass on to people with dementia (or, if more appropriate, someone who is caring for a person with dementia).

The leaflets have been prepared by colleagues at Alzheimer Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Dementia Working Group

The aim of the leaflets is to provide people with dementia, and / or a person who cares for them, with useful information on a range of topics that can be provided at an appropriate time for the person. Most are addressed to people with dementia, thought they will all be of relevance to carers, too.

An outline of content of the leaflets is provided below. 

  • 3 Jan 2018 About dementia
    This describes dementia, with information about symptoms; Alzheimer’s disease; what someone should do if they are worried about their symptoms; and information about treatment and research.
  • 3 Jan 2018 About young onset dementia
    This leaflet provides information about the types of dementia that people under 65 might have, and information about living with the condition that is relevant for younger people who are more likely still to be in work. It describes some of the supports that are available. There are some services that are specific to people living in the city of Glasgow. However, advice and guidance on all aspects of dementia is available to anyone through Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000 and from local Alzheimer Scotland services.
  • 3 Jan 2018 Adults with incapacity act
    This describes the rights of a person with dementia; the aims and principles of the act; the meaning of “incapacity” and ways to safeguard a person’s welfare.
  • 3 Jan 2018 Getting help caring for someone with dementia – information for carers
    This leaflet is aimed at carers and encourages them to seek help with that role. It explains the sources and types of help available, including the new link worker posts.
  • 3 Jan 2018 Healthy living with dementia
    Gives advice about diet, exercise, social activity and maintaining contacts, and the importance of looking after other aspects of one’s health.
  • 3 Jan 2018 Managing money
    This leaflet introduces the concept of the Power of Attorney and describes other ways that someone with dementia can be helped to manage their finances.
  • 3 Jan 2018 Planning for the future – financial, legal and care issues
    This leaflet discusses Anticipatory Care Plans; introduces the concept of Power of Attorney; outlines the importance of making a will and the status of any property someone has should they need to go into a care home.
  • 3 Jan 2018 Powers of attorney – financial and welfare
    This provides detailed information about Powers of Attorney – what they cover, how they are created, who can be an attorney and what to do with the Power of Attorney document.