Scotland’s Dementia Award finalists revealed

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

An alcohol-free pub, a woodland activity programme and a project using the power of music to improve patients’ wellbeing are among the finalists in Scotland’s Dementia Awards.

The awards, now in their eighth year, recognise innovative and ambitious projects making a difference to people living with dementia.

There are 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and it is estimated 20,000 people every year will be diagnosed with the condition by 2020.

Categories include Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, with nominations for Musical Memories Springburn, Forestry & Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry’s Woodland Activity Programme and the Try Something New group.

NHS Lothian has two projects shortlisted for the Best Community Support Initiative, along with Alzheimer Scotland’s Beer with Buddies project.

NHS Lothian has another nomination in the Best Educational Initiative category, with a Carer’s Academy run by NHS Ayrshire & Arran and University of the West of Scotland also shortlisted.

Projects run by NHS Fife, NHS Dumfries & Galloway and NHS Lanarkshire are finalists in the Best Hospital Care Initiative, while two initiatives by Erskine Park Home are up for the Best Care Home Practice Improvement award.

Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said: “Many of these initiatives are significantly developing and improving practice, ensuring that the rights of people with dementia and their families to receive the best possible quality of care and support are being delivered.

“Others are helping to break down and tackle social barriers, unifying our communities and creating a dementia-friendly Scotland.”

The awards will be announced at a ceremony during World Alzheimer’s Month on 18th September in Glasgow.

The initiative is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council.