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Each year, Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) is held with the aim of raising awareness of dementia and helping improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers. 

This year's Dementia Awareness Week will take place between 27 May and 2 June. Our theme this year is: Your voice, Your choice, Your future.

Each person living with dementia has their own unique story, and their needs, preferences and aspirations are as diverse as they are. At Alzheimer Scotland, we advocate for a care approach that enables people with dementia to live as well as they can for as long as they can. We care about your care. We believe that good care respects and embraces diversity, giving people the power and control to make choices that reflect who they are and what matters most to them - now and in the future. Good care looks different for everyone, and the best care is one that is tailored to the individual - your voice, your choice and your future.

We met up with three amazing people who are living with dementia to film them sharing their stories and telling us what is important to them when it comes to their care and what living well means to them.

 

Living well stories

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Our Long Term Care Commission was set up in 2022 to consider alternative approaches to delivering more effective methods of long term care and support - such as Croftspar Place - a supported accommodation service where Jean lives. The Commission is Chaired by former First Minister and Alzheimer Scotland Ambassador Henry McLeish, and includes members of our two Active Voice groups – the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) and the National Dementia Carers Action network (NDCAN) who add the voice of personal experience. 

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Members of the Commission have met regularly over the last two years to establish a set of national recommendations for Scottish Government and other stakeholders which set out a new, fairer, more person-centred and sustainable policy, practice, and funding model for the long term care of older people and people with dementia in Scotland. The Commission’s report and key recommendations have now been published.

Dementia Awareness Week Events