Dementia Resources

To support people with dementia, their carers and people working in the field of dementia, Health Scotland, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, have produced a range of free dementia resources which you can view and download from this page.

All new for 2018, these books and DVDs provide a range of information and advice based on the experiences of people with dementia and their carers.  

If you would like to order free hard copies of any of these dementia resources, please call the Alzheimer Scotland 24-hour Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.

If you work for the NHS you can order hard copies of these resources from the Health Information Resources departments at your local NHS Board. To find contact details for your local NHS Board’s Health Information Resources department please visit the HIRS page on the healthscotland website 

Below you will find links to the booklets and DVDs.

Living well with dementia resources

You can view all the resources on the Living well with dementia page.

Younger people with dementia Living well with your diagnosis resources

You can view all the resources on the Younger people with dementia page. 

Coping with dementia - a practical guide for carers

This Coping with dementia publication is for people caring for someone in the middle to late stages of dementia. It includes tips from other carer about how to live well and look after yourself. 

Coping with dementia – a practical DVD for carers

Coping with dementia is for people caring for someone in the middle to late stages of dementia.

These short films will help you understand dementia and learn from other carers’ experiences. It also provides practical suggestions about caring.

Thank you to all the carers and organisations who have assisted in the production of this DVD.

Chapter 1 – Coping with caring

  • Hear from other carers
  • Emotional reactions
  • You and your family
  • Share the care
  • Getting information

Chapter 2 – About dementia

  • What is dementia?
  • Types of dementia
  • Treatment
  • A person with dementia
  • How dementia progresses

Chapter 3 – Money and legal matters

  • Planning for the future
  • Managing everyday money matters
  • More legal powers to help the person
  • Welfare benefits

Chapter 4 – Practical caring

  • Physical wellbeing
  • Mental stimulation
  • Life story book
  • Spiritual well-being
  • Repeated questions
  • Conversation and communication
  • Appearance and personal care
  • Bathing
  • Managing continence
  • Eating and drinking
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Wandering
  • Changed behaviour
  • Anger or aggression
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Driving
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Medicines

Chapter 5 – Getting help

  • Community care services
  • Free personal care and charges for care services
  • Health services for people with dementia
  • Information and support
  • The people who help

Chapter 6 – Long-stay care

  • The decision
  • Coping with your feelings
  • Arranging long stay care
  • Choosing a home
  • Paying home fees
  • The move and after

Chapter 7 – Loss and bereavement

  • Feelings of loss
  • Talking with others
  • Giving yourself time

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Reviewed 09 March 2018

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