Alzheimer Scotland exists to ensure that nobody faces dementia alone. There are 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and, with an ageing population, this number is set to double in a generation.

We offer a wide range of specialist support services across Scotland, including our 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline and our Dementia Advisor Network which enable people to live supported and independent lives in their communities closer to the ones they love for longer. We also campaign for the rights of people living with dementia and fund world-leading research into the cure, prevention and better care of people living with dementia.

Did you know...

Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia charity in Scotland, with services across the country from the Borders to the Western Isles.

We also operate one of only two 24-hour Dementia Helplines in Europe allowing people to access information and emotional support whatever the time of day and whenever they need it.

We run an awareness-raising and fundraising campaign called Challenge Dementia. This aims to help us to challenge the stigma and isolation felt by people when they are diagnosed with dementia by raising better awareness of the condition.

Here are the 5 things you should know about Dementia:

1) Dementia is not a natural part of ageing although the risk of developing dementia does increase with age.

2) Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain and there are over 100 different types – not just Alzheimer’s disease.

3) Dementia is not just about losing your memory. Dementia can come with a whole range of other symptoms such as visual impairments and affects everyone differently.

4) With an early diagnosis and the right level of care, support and social activity it is possible to live well with dementia

5) There’s more to the person than a diagnosis of dementia.

Other ways to support

There are lots of different ways that you can help Alzheimer Scotland ensure that nobody faces dementia alone

1) Challenge Dementia and take on one of our running & challenge events here?

2) Become a Dementia Friend and learn more about how to identify the signs and symptoms of dementia as well as how to better support someone living with the condition.

3) Consider putting Alzheimer Scotland forward as your Charity of the Year or organise some workplace fundraising – send us an email at to get a copy of our latest fun and exciting fundraising toolkit!

Helpline number

0808 808 3000


160 Dundee Street
EH11 1DQ

Contact Number

0131 243 1453