There are approximately 88,000 people living with dementia in Scotland.

The experience of the illness is subjective and unique to each individual. Effectively tackling the symptoms of dementia requires a coordinated range of health and social care interventions.

Scotland's National Dementia Strategy (2010 - 2013) 


Scotland's National Dementia Strategy - PictureScotland's first Dementia Strategy was published in 2010, setting out the work that the Scottish Government and its partners in NHS Scotland, local government and the third and independent sectors sectors must work towards to improve support, care and treatment for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

The Strategy identified five key challenges needing to be addressed to improve the life of people living with dementia, their families and carers. These challenges were:

  • Fear of dementia that means people delay in coming forward for a diagnosis.
  • Information and support after diagnosis for people living with dementia, their families and carers is poor.
  • General healthcare services do not always understand how to respond to people living with dementia, their families or carers, leading to poor outcomes.
  • People living with dementia, their families and carers are not always treated with dignity and respect.
  • Family members and people who support care for people with dementia do no always receive the help they need to protect their own welfare to enable them to go on caring safely and effectively.

While a strong foundation has been established with the work of the first National Dementia Strategy, there is still much to do to ensure people can live well with dementia. 

Download Scotland's National Dementia Strategy 2010-2013

Scotland's National Dementia Strategy (2013 - 2016)

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The current National Dementia Strategy (2013-2016) will pilot the 8 Pillar Model of Community Support, developed by Alzheimer Scotland.  The 8 Pillar Model sets out the responses that are essential to support people with dementia, their families and carers.

The National Dementia Strategy 2013 - 2016 sets out the work that the Scottish Government and its partners in NHS Scotland, local government and the third and independent private sectors have undertaken and will work towards to improve support, care and treatment for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

The new strategy highlights three key challenges over the lifespan of the strategy and sets out how the Scottish Government will seek to address these:

  • Ensuring that all care and support to people living with dementia, their families and carers promotes wellbeing and quality of life, protects their rights and respects their humanity.
  • Services and support from diagnosis, and throughout the course of the illness, including supporting the needs of carers, must continue to improve. This support must be person centred, and should understand care and support from their perspective, not the perspective of service managers or clinicians.
  • The redesign and transformation of services must continue to be adequately supported to ensure that services are delivered effectively and efficiently.

The second dementia strategy commits the Scottish Government to 17 headline commitments on improving the standards of care received by people living with dementia, their families and carers.

The document also includes a 10-point National Action Plan to support the implementation of the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland in acute care settings.

Download Scotland's National Dementia Strategy 2013-2016

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