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.

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

If you work for the NHS, please order copies through your local NHS Health Board Patient Education Library via your health board (external link).

Below you´ll find links so you can view the short films from ‘Coping with dementia – A practical DVD for carers’ (2010), one of NHS Health Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland’s dementia resources.

All other NHS Health Scotland dementia resources are listed on the right.

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

Chapter 1.2 – Look after yourself

  • 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

Chapter 4.2 – Forgetfulness

  • Repeated questions
  • Conversation and communication

Chapter 4.3 – Dressing

  • Appearance and personal care
  • Bathing
  • Managing continence
  • Eating and drinking

Chapter 4.4 – Apathy and loss of interest

  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Wandering
  • Changed behaviour
  • Anger or aggression
  • Sex and intimacy

Chapter 4.5 – Safety in the home

  • 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 29 July 2014

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