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About Alzheimer's Society
Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Scotland are the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. In 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025. Through their network of local services, Alzheimer's Society touches the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers.
Natasha MacKinnon, Corporate Fundraiser at Alzheimer Scotland says “We are delighted that Flight Centre chose Alzheimer Scotland and our colleagues the Alzheimer’s Society in a staff vote as their charity of choice. Together we have raised over £100,000 which in Scotland will go towards our Dementia Cafes and befriending services. These provide a lifeline to people living with dementia enabling them to live full and independent lives within their local communities closer to the ones they love for longer. They are also incredibly rewarding for carers who often tell us that coming along to our cafes can lift their spirits and befriending services can provide them with some much needed respite. We can’t thank Flight Centre enough for all their support this year!"
Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers provide information and over 2,000 services to people affected by dementia in their communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland provides vital support services from over 60 locations across Scotland from th Borders to the Western Isles ensuring that nobody faces dementia along.
Both Charities' local services include day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring. From Dementia Cafés and innovative 'Singing for the Brain' sessions to memory-book projects and group outings, their services provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact.
Campaigning and raising awareness
Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland demand a better future for everyone affected by all forms of dementia. With the help of their members and supporters, they campaign for the rights of people with dementia and those who care for them through a combination of detailed policy analysis, lobbying, influencing and direct action.
Training and development services
Alzheimer's Society is committed to ensuring that people with dementia receive the best possible quality of care and support. They provide training for health and care professionals and publish a wide range of training materials and books.
Alzheimer Scotland also provide information and training resources as well as both charities delivering information sessions: Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Scotland which aim to enable people to understand more about dementia and better support those living with the condition.
Alzheimer's Society aims to increase their investment in their research programme to around £10 million a year by 2017. This money funds important research that will help them to improve the quality of life for people with dementia by tackling questions related to the causes of dementia, by investigating good practice in care and treatment, and by pursuing a cure.
Alzheimer Scotland also funds vital research which improves the lives of people with dementia now and in the future. For example through their world renowned Dementia Research Centre and Brain Tissue Bank as well as various PHD placements across the country provide cutting edge research into prevention, care and ultimately a cure for dementia.