Challenge Yourself, Change Dementia

As we welcome 2021 with enthusiasm and hope, Alzheimer Scotland have launched a new campaign inspired by New Year's resolutions.

The campaign aims to encourage supporters to take up a personal challenge to start the year with a positive attitude by focusing on looking after themselves while supporting people with dementia.

With January well under way supporters have began selecting their challenges and started their fundraising journeys. Below we hear from two of them to share their challenges and motivation to support the campaign.

Mary Anderson, 37 from Grangemouth

Personal challenge: Workout every day in January

“This is my 3rd time fundraising for #TeamAlzScot. This time I’m working out every day in January, working around a variety of options; walking, HiiT and body weight exercises. I’m a qualified fitness instructor however this is on hold not just due to lockdown but due to having long-covid since contracting at the beginning of April. I’m raising money while encouraging others and myself to get moving and be thankful we still can!

I am doing this in memory of my dad who not only had vascular dementia in his later life but was also a double amputee and stroke survivor. I do this for the patients I support in 36 care homes as a pharmacy advisor. I think about them and their families every day and the severe visiting restrictions (if any visiting is allowed at all!) and how covid is still impacting this”.

Mary Challenge Yourself Change Dementia


Diane Smith, 50 from Portree

Personal challenge: Mindfulness meditation every day in January

“My challenge is to do a mindfulness meditation every day in January. I already started on the 1st and it's going well so far. In these difficult times, meditation can be a real help. It helps us to slow down, manage our feelings when we're feeling overwhelmed or anxious, feel calmer, sleep better and improve general wellbeing. I am using a free app called Medito - set up and run by volunteers, that helps you learn how to practice mindfulness and establish a daily practice. 

My mum has dementia and is living in a care home. It has been a very difficult time for me worrying about her being in the home but only having very limited visits with her. The meditation is helping me to stay strong and manage with each day as it comes.

I hope that signing up to the challenge will encourage me to keep going with my practice and maybe inspire others to try it too".

Diane Smith and mum


Whether you take inspiration from one of our ideas or come up with a personal challenge of your own, across the country we can still come together virtually.

Alternatively if you have an idea for a fundraising event later in the year, our events fundraising team can support you. Send us an email today.