As a result of some very brave and generous individuals living with dementia, Alzheimer’s Scotland have been able to report first hand, through film, the full impact a diagnosis of dementia can have on families and the difference Dementia Link Workers are making. Former First Minister Henry McLeish, himself a carer for his father, will introduce and take you through this short film that shows how Link Workers use our Five Pillar model to help people come to terms with a diagnosis, manage their illness and develop future plans and strategies that will enable them to live well with dementia for as long as possible in their own home and community.

There are 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and by 2020 an estimated 19,500 new people will be diagnosed each year. This film explains how this early intervention transforms their lives and how by treating people with dementia as equal and valued citizens in our communities, building on their strengths and natural supports we can ultimately help to avoid and delay unnecessary admission to residential care, hospital and other forms of expensive health and social care services.