There are approximately 90,000 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.

Alzheimer Scotland’s National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) are a national campaigning and awareness raising group whose members all have experience of caring for someone with dementia.

View our latest newsletter here.

The group has a core belief that carers should be an integral part of the planning and implementation of health and social care policy and practice, and that all professionals and organisations should acknowledge carer’s experience and unique knowledge of the person they are caring for as valuable and equal to that of the professional.

Although the group has only been in existence for a short period of time, it has carried out a number of important tasks including:

  • Developing training resources for health and social care professionals.
  • Speaking at national and international conferences. 
  • Meeting with Scottish Government Ministers.
  • Responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on carers legislation.
  • Being part of the development and implementation of Scotland’s second National Dementia Strategy.

Want to get involved?

NDCAN are currently looking for new people to get involved. To find out more and to get involved see our information leaflet and membership form.

Download the About NDCAN information

Download the NDCAN Membership Forms

You can also apply to join online at

 To find out more about NDCAN, contact Sarah Gurney National Coordinator on:


Telephone: 0141 410 0100

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