Here's how to use this election to support people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Scottish Local Government Election Campaign 2017

On 4 May 2017 the people of Scotland will vote for the 1,222 candidates they want to represent them on the 32 Local Authorities across the country.

This is the first election since councillors began sitting on Health and Social Care Integrated Joint Boards. This means they have a greater ability to influence and change decisions on health and social care which affect people with dementia, their families and carers.

Alzheimer Scotland is asking candidates to pledge their support for the 90,000 people in Scotland who are living with dementia.

People with dementia have the same human rights as every other person. These include the right to be fully included in their community and, when needed, to timely, skilled and well-co-ordinated, care, support and treatment, at home, in hospital or any other setting.

Get your local candidates to pledge!

This election, let’s get your local candidates to pledge their support for people living with dementia, their families and carers in your area and across Scotland.

Whilst issues will vary between local areas, Alzheimer Scotland has identified 6 key areas which people with dementia, their families and carers identify as important to them. These are the issues we will be asking candidates to pledge their support for.

We are asking candidates to sign up to the following pledge:,

Alz Scot Pledge 2017

These are all areas where councillors on Integrated Joint Boards can have a substantial impact on the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers. 

You can ask your local candidates to support Alzheimer Scotland’s Election Pledge by:

  • 2.. Tweeting them direct using hashtag #AlzScot2017 asking them to ‘support Alzheimer Scotland’s Election Pledge on Dementia’.
  • 3. Asking them in person if you attend a meeting or hustings, or if they canvass support by phone or in person.

Candidates can show their support by:

You can find your local candidates by contacting the political parties, watching out for leaflets through your letterbox or street stalls in your local area, or by contacting your local council.

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