Driving & dementia



If you have dementia and you want to carry on driving, we have developed an information sheet that will tell you what you must do to make sure you are driving legally. It will also help families and friends who are worried about whether someone with dementia should still be driving.

Can people with dementia drive?

The short answer is maybe. Many people with dementia are able to continue driving for some time following diagnosis.

People with a diagnosis of dementia often want to continue driving. Driving can be part of maintaining independence and an active life. Most people in the early stages of dementia are physically capable of controlling a car. The basic skills of driving become almost automatic to most drivers, and people with dementia will keep these skills for a considerable time after diagnosis.

British law assumes as its starting point that you have a right to drive. The law only intervenes when medical conditions impair driving ability. The legal position is that a driver has to be able to drive on his or her own, without help from anyone else. The aim is to allow people to continue to drive if possible.

However, dementia affects reaction speed and decision-making. People with dementia may be slower to react, especially under stress. For example, they may have problems in busy traffic, or when something unexpected happens, such as another car stopping suddenly. Research shows that people with dementia are more likely to be involved in accidents than other people.

So: you may be able to carry on driving, but it is important to make sure you are still safe to drive.

We have developed a full information sheet where we answer the following four questions

  1. What must I do about driving now I know I have dementia?
  2. How can I tell if I’m still safe to drive?
  3. What can I do if I’m worried about someone else’s driving?
  4. How will I manage if I can’t drive?

We also include three useful contacts. You can download our full information sheet here:

Thank you for reading our blog post.


Allied Health Professionals Maximising Psychological Wellbeing

Finding Meaning Through Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a psychological therapy which works to develop a therapeutic relationship through live musical interaction. Using music in this way enables people to create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and to express themselves. Earlier this year, the Scottish music therapists and the British Association for Music Therapy (www.bamt.org) held a parliamentary round-table at the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Tavish Scott, MSP for the Shetland Isles. An important part of the debate was listening to the personal experience of Mr and Mrs Bissett.


Jim Bissett, was a building control inspector in Edinburgh. Now 65, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s seven years ago. Jim’s wife, Anne, told the moving story of how Alzheimer’s gradually eroded Jim’s abilities and his enjoyment of life; and how music therapy helped them to find pleasure and meaning together again. Anne has kindly agreed to share her story with you all in the hope that music therapy might help other families find joy again in their lives.

Jim’s Story

“Climbing in Glencoe, swimming in the sea in Majorca, discovering mountain biking at the age of 50, playing chasey in the back garden with the children, a pint in the pub with friends, enjoying meals with the family…

My husband, Jim Bisset, enjoyed his leisure time enormously. These activities were a normal part of his life. He was a happy man. He enjoyed life.

Seven years ago, Jim was diagnosed with a relatively rare type of Alzheimers known as PCA …….Posterior Cortical Atrophy. PCA affects your spatial awareness and your sight and initially this made day to day living very hard. I continued to work but eventually he could not be left alone so I too retired early to care for him.

Until recently, Jim was fully aware of the many things he could not do. He never complained but, as his condition worsened and he could do less and less for himself, he became angry, frustrated, depressed, uncooperative and, at times, frightened.

Simple things became hugely difficult; finding a door handle, working out how to sit down, eating with a knife and fork, putting on a T shirt. Apart from ice cream and chocolate, there was no pleasure in his life. He needed help with all aspects of daily living. Our world became smaller and smaller until Jim was mostly confined to the house.

I must have asked at least fifteen professionals for ideas for something Jim could participate in or get some enjoyment from but nothing was suitable. Then Ruth McCabe, from Alzheimer Scotland, suggested music therapy. I contacted the British Association for Music Therapy and through them we found our wonderful music therapist, Nicky Haire.

We met and I told her a bit about Jim and the music he enjoyed; from Bob Marley and Pink Floyd, to Jimmy Shand and Aly Bain. She was an excellent listener.

We arranged our first music therapy session at home but Jim had suddenly become very ill two days before. He was distressed, slightly delirious and could not physically get out of his bed. However, with the aid of a wheeled chair, I managed to get Jim onto the sofa and we went ahead with the session. I decided not to sit in with Jim, but in our small house I could hear the music and our music therapist singing gently to him from time to time.

I joined them towards the end of the session and could immediately see a positive difference in Jim. He was relaxed, sitting back on the sofa and for the first time in months he looked happy. He had been tapping his feet in time to the music which seems such a small thing, but for me it was a sign that he’ d responded positively to the music therapy; something he no longer did with CDs or any of the 4,200 tunes on his IPod.

Knowing Jim was safe on the sofa, I helped our therapist take her instruments to the car. When I turned round I was absolutely shocked to find Jim standing happily at the front door. For three days previously he’d hardly moved and to realise he’d walked unaided to the door was wonderful.

For the first time in months, Jim spoke a few sentences unprompted. I remember him saying, “She was really good”.    He made it clear he wanted her to visit again.

One day before his music therapy, Jim was very distressed. He constantly moved around, repeating “What’s happening?” and constantly calling my name. Nothing I said or did made any difference. The calming music on CD which previously helped, now, like so many other things, was no longer helpful. To alleviate his distress, I thought I would have to try to get him to take the medication we had for times when he was like that.

I stayed with him as his music therapy began, and to my amazement, after a few minutes, Jim had calmed down and was sitting quite relaxed on the sofa listening to some fiddle music.

I didn’t use the medication.

In spite of my best efforts, my husband’s days had become bleak and unrewarding, but here was something that brought some joy back into his life; and not only that, it had a therapeutic effect.

Jim is now very ill and has just been admitted to a psychiatric ward in a community hospital. However, I have arranged for our therapist to continue the sessions in his room because I believe it is so important …   And she begins again tomorrow.

Jim used to run and swim and cycle; now he needs two people to help him shuffle along a flat surface. Jim was a foodie, but now he has a pureed diet and gets no enjoyment from food. He laughed and danced and, only when tipsy mind, he would sing. He enjoyed social occasions; now he often doesn’t know his friends and family and can’t follow a conversation.

All those activities I described at the start of our story have long since disappeared from his life. So what has he left?

He has Music, in the form of music therapy. It is the only thing which he gets any pleasure from.

It concerns me greatly that many people like Jim, do not have access to this therapy. We can afford it but lots of people can’t.

Music therapy has truly made a difference in my husband’s life. And I hope that the same opportunity could be made available to many more people with dementia, so that they too could have some joy in their lives.”


Thank you Anne for sharing your story and thank you to all our blog readers for your continued support to keep talking about dementia

Further information of the arts therapies can be found here

Arts Therapies, including Music Therapy, are psychological therapies which work to develop a therapeutic relationship through non-verbal, creative means such as music, art, drama or dance/movement. Using art forms in this way enables clients to create their own unique creative, non-verbal language in which to explore and connect with the world and to express themselves. For further information on music therapy, art therapy, dramatherapy or dance movement therapy; or to find an arts therapist in your area, please contact the following organisations:

British Association for Music Therapy

2nd Floor, Claremont Building 24 – 27 White Lion Street London, N1 9PD

T: 020 7837 6100

W: www.bamt.org E: info@bamt.org

British Association of Art Therapists

T: 020 7686 4216

W: www.baat.org E: info@baat.org

British Association of Dramatherapists

Waverley, Battledown Approach Cheltenham

Gloucestershire GL52 6RE

T: 020 7837 6100

W: www.badth.org.uk E: info@badth.org

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy

32 Meadfoot Lane

Torquay TQ1 2BW

T: 01803 402142

W: admpt.org.uk E: admin@admp.org.uk

Aisling Vorster – Music Therapist


Aisling Vorster is a music therapist with NHS Lothian and also works on a freelance basis providing music therapy for individuals, groups and families and carers. She plays the Scottish harp or ‘clarsach’ and also runs music workshops for people with dementia and their carers. Until recently she was chair of the Scottish Music Therapy & Dementia Network and a member of the National Working Group for music therapy and dementia run by the British Association for Music Therapy.



Allied Health Professionals : Adapting Everyday Environments

“Keep on Cooking”

A diagnosis of dementia can sometime be viewed at scary, for both the individual and their loved ones. It is easy for someone with a diagnosis to lose confidence in their own abilities and families and carers may be tempted to wrap the individual in cotton wool. At Alzheimer Scotland and in my role as an occupational therapy student, we promote continuous participation and independence for as long as it is possible.


Whilst at a post diagnostic support group in my first week at Alzheimer Scotland as an occupational therapy student, I was approached by a daughter concerned about her mother’s welfare; she was looking for ways to stop her mother cooking as she worried that she would endanger herself.

Without thinking I gave ideas like removing visual triggers such as pots and pans, disconnecting the gas cooker and investing in aids that immobilised cooker knobs and oven doors (as well as seeking an occupational therapy assessment from her local social services); but what if cooking is important for her mother?

What if, cooking symbolises her mums role as a parent, a caregiver and a provider? As an aspiring occupational therapist should I not instead look for ways to enable safe participation in meaningful occupation instead of putting up barriers? After discussions with my practice educator I decided to explore ways to encourage individuals to continue cooking for as long as it’s safe and if still provided personal meaning to the person. Here are were some of my five top tips to keep cooking

  1. Let there be light!

Ensure windows are clean and allow as much natural light into the room as possible! An optimum level of light can reduce levels of anxiety and help an individual make sense of the environment.


  1. Too much going on!

People living with dementia may experience moments of a lapse in concentration and may find it difficult to make sense of what’s going on around them. Try to reduce any unnecessary clutter so it’s easier to understand the environment. Reduce background noise like TVs and radio’s so it’s easier to concentrate and there are less distractions.

  1. Keep it Clear!

It may be easier for people living with dementia to keep track of what they are doing if there are visual prompts. Try labelling drawers (pictorial & written labels), replacing cupboard doors with a see through alternative and leaving utensils and materials that are often used in plain sight.



  1. Find a personal solution

Lists and recipes make things easier by writing down the steps you will need to complete the task and it can be used to guide you through the different tasks in making something with the use of timer and alarms to remind you when a task is complete There is a lot of equipment available to make cooking easier, from perching stools, kettle tippers and adapted cutlery and utensils.

  1. Being prepared

Prep- If you wish to make a cooking task easier or reduce the number of steps it may be a good idea to use pre-cut vegetable and meat or microwaveable rice etc. Also consider the time of day you want to cook, some people may find things easier at certain times of the day

On reflection

Finding ways to remain independent in the kitchen can improve self-esteem, build confidence, stimulate the mind and help retain skills for as long as possible. I have shared with you five of my ideas and you will have your own.

I would welcome you feedback on

  • What do you think about my five ideas?
  • Can you add ideas of how to continue using the kitchen when living with dementia?

If an individual or their family member is worried about safety in the kitchen they shouldn’t hesitate to seek an occupational therapy assessment in order to discuss individual solutions tailored to your own needs, hopes and home environment.



pic-7-convertimageNicole Kane

Student Occupational Therapist


My name is Nicole Kane and I am a fourth year Occupational therapy student at Queen Margaret University. I am currently with Alzheimer Scotland for 8 weeks completing my final placement. I am based at the Lanarkshire Resource Centre in Motherwell and have been involved in dementia services in both North and South Lanarkshire. My role within this placement is providing an occupation focused perspective to Alzheimer Scotland services.


Scotland’s leading dementia projects celebrated

The search for Scotland’s most innovative and ambitious dementia projects is over with six groups from across the country now crowned as winners in this year’s Scotland’s Dementia Awards, at a ceremony held at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel last week.

Now in its 5th year, the awards programme, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, aims to recognise and celebrate creative approaches, innovation and best practice in all aspects of information, advice, care and support for people living with dementia.

Attended by Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, Scottish Government, the annual event provides a platform to recognise those working in the sector who are committed to developing ground-breaking projects which set out to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their carers and families.

A special lifetime achievement award was presented to Margaret Brown by Henry Simmons, Chief Executive at Alzheimer Scotland, for her outstanding commitment to the field of dementia and mental health care for older people. Margaret currently lectures and researches at the University of the West of Scotland. Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, at Alzheimer Scotland, said: “This has been a wonderful year for Scotland’s Dementia Awards which aims to recognise and showcase the vital contribution that professionals and community groups make across the length and breadth of Scotland.

“This year’s winners have raised the bar, yet again, and I am delighted to see everyone congratulated for their efforts to support people living with dementia and their families. It is also important to acknowledge those who work so hard behind the scenes in support roles to ensure all of the winning and nominated projects are successful in their own right.

“A big thank you to everyone who played their part in this year’s awards to make the programme the continued success it is and I look forward to the coming year to see what advancements are made in the sector”

Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2016 Winners are:

Best Acute Care Initiative

  • Wishaw General Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire – MAC (Meaningful Activity Club)

Best Community Support Initiative

  • Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company – Here 2 Help

Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative

  • An Lanntair – Arora

Best Educational Initiative

  • The University of the West of Scotland – Dementia Class in a Bag

Best Innovation in Continuing Care

  • Little Art School Trust (SCIO)

Most Innovative Partnership

  • Inch View Care Home

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Margaret Brown

Human Rights Are Not an Abstract Concept

Human Rights are inalienable to each and every person. They cannot be given to us. But they can be obstructed or restricted by a number of factors, some unintentional. As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, Owen Miller, Policy Officer at Alzheimer Scotland explores how rights can be applied in practice to improve the lives of people with dementia and carers.

Every day we exercise our Human Rights in a number of ways, so much so that we take them for granted. Our communication, our choices and our actions are human rights playing out in practice. They are fundamental to who we are as individuals and allow us to play active roles in the societies in which we live, take part in activities we enjoy and go about our lives in a way which is meaningful to us.


But too often people with dementia find their rights restricted by the stigma which often surrounds their condition. Assumptions are made about a person’s capacity to make decisions. Risk-aversion becomes standard practice. Attention turns to what a person cannot do rather than what they can. These often come about as a result of circumstances in which well-meaning attempts are made to protect the person from harm or do what is perceived to be in a person’s best interests. However, it is often the case that doing so fundamentally fails to respect the person as someone with unique experiences, interests and abilities, who can still actively and meaningfully engage with their community.

The PANEL (Participation, Accountability, Non-Discrimination, Empowerment and Legality) principles provide a strong framework for ensuring that a rights-based approach is taken in in practice. This can be applied in a range of contexts and settings from the way an individual is treated as the result of stigma up to the highest level of decision making on health and social care services.

Alzheimer Scotland’s public policy work is grounded in a rights-based approach at both a national and local level. A fundamental part of this which involves ensuring that the views and experience of people with dementia, their families and carers, underpin our own internal policy development, e.g. our 8 Pillars Model of Community Support, Advanced Dementia Practice Model and also to our new developing AHP policy called “Connecting People, Connecting Support” which will be ready in the next few months.

Externally, the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) and the National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) are well established national groups which have led the way in showing how involvement can work. Both groups meet with Scottish Ministers and civil servants to discuss issues which matter to them and have been involved in the development and implementation of Scotland’s dementia strategies. They have also informed national training programmes such as the Promoting Excellence Framework and worked with academic institutions to share their experiences with nursing and Allied Health Professional students to raise awareness of future generations of practitioners.

More recently local groups are now coming together, looking to shape their local communities in a number of different ways, including, through engaging with local decision makers within Integrated Joint Boards, but also with local businesses and organisations to make them more Dementia Friendly and by working with local schools to raise awareness of dementia amongst younger people.

People with dementia and their carers have time and again shown us their commitment to working and supporting policy, strategy and their communities, to ensure that their experiences drives improvements.

There exists a common perception that Human Rights are abstract concepts which exist only in the domain of legal professionals and policy makers, with no bearing on real life. This is demonstrably untrue – we need everyone working across health, social care, housing and within communities whether in the statutory, third and independent sectors to support involvement and engagement in a meaningful way. When given the opportunity, people with dementia and their carers are more than able and willing to exercise their Human Rights in meaningful and affirming way.

Thank you for taking the time to reading my blog, all comments or opinions are welcome.

This blog is an amended version of a blog which was initially written for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (SCVO) #RightApproach campaign. It can be viewed here.

owen-miller-2-convertimageOwen Miller

Policy Officer, Alzheimer Scotland

Owen works in Alzheimer Scotland within the Policy Team and has previously worked within the Focus on Dementia improvement programme on a seconded basis. His role focuses on stakeholder engagement at a national level, including developments in policy, strategy and legislation by the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government, helping to ensure that they are shaped by the experience and voices of people, their families and carers.

“A Day in the Life of Marianne”

Photographing Meaningful Occupation Project

One key part of my occupational therapy internship over the summer was working with the Scottish Dementia Working Group, @S_D_W_G. Along with my colleague Rachel @RachelstudentOT we were using images to share the importance of occupation and everyday activities to living well with dementia.  However before I started I wanted to understand what I was asking the group member to do and decided to make myself the “pilot” for the project.  This blog shares with you what I did.

The aim of my pilot was to participate in my own photograph project and to take pictures throughout a summers day that showed:

  • What is important to me?
  • What my own meaningful occupations are.
  • What a day in the life of an occupational therapy intern looks like.

My plan was to take the camera with me throughout the day and take photographs of things that caught my eye, and what I deemed were my own “meaningful occupations”.

Before I started, I was inspired when I had asked some young friends the week before (aged 7 – 14years old) to do a similar thing throughout a day trip. Through their participation, I had realised how much they had enjoyed taking photographs and that there was variety to their images. They had freely taken pictures of anything and everything throughout the day, with no thought or consideration to what they photographed. I was keen to also try and capture this aspect of freedom. I wanted the photographs that I took to represent me without too much thought, consideration and caution.

I took the camera with me throughout the day and took photographs of whatever took my eye and whatever I think gave an idea and suggestion of me as a person. I felt that throughout the process I began to get more involved and I would see things and I would think about how / why they were important to me.

The result was a catalogue of 76 photographs that I distilled down into 18 photographs. These were the 18 significant photographs that I felt documented my day effectively and showed insights into me as a person. To these 18 photographs I added “my voice” and shared them on Twitter on with various hashtags (#s) such as #OTIntern #importanttome #photoproject #dayinthelife.

Throughout the Project

As the day progressed I realised that I could take pictures of anything and as I went on I realised I was looking around and finding lots of images / aspects that provoked memories and ideas that I linked with being ‘meaningful’ to me. For example; when seeing the bunch of flowers I was reminded of my first paid employment whilst I was still a teenager. This reminded me not only on my love for flowers but also love of creating beautiful arrangements for others. These trails of thought surrounded each photograph I took and as the day went along I began to take more and more pictures of things / objects that related to aspects of me that I may not have considered in a long time. I felt like in taking these photographs I was allowing myself to truly document “me” and provide images to what is my own “story”.

Through undertaking this pilot I felt that I was able to show real aspects of my life that without the camera I would never have commented on. My cups of tea / motto for the day / my home mat all show aspects of my life that I would never vocalise as important, but through photographs I was able to do this. This gave me a real insight into not only what were “meaningful occupations” to me, but that aspects which I may have considered trivial or of no importance actual hold great significance when considering my own identity.

Final Thoughts

Conducting my own photograph project was a valuable experience as it gave an insight into what we were asking members of the SDWG to be involved in. It also provided me with the confidence needed in using the camera and not being focussed on the quality of the image produced. It made me realise that through taking the photographs we were providing a way for the members of the SDWG to tell us their own story and document what was important to them.

I hope you enjoy my favourite 18 photos from my day and if you were asked

  • What is important to you?
  • What are your own meaningful occupations?

What photographs would you take?

“A Day in the Life of Marianne”




Thank you for reading my blog


Marianne Wallace: Marianne-Profile-Picture-ConvertImageOccupational Therapy Intern


Marianne graduated from Aberdeen University with a Psychology degree and spent 6 years working with the National Autistic Society. After initially working as a support worker, Marianne was involved in creating and delivering a social communication program called “Transitions”. Marianne has just finished her first year of a MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre Reg) programme at Queen Margaret University and is working as an Occupational Therapy Intern with Alzheimer Scotland. As an Occupational Therapy student her desire is to contribute and be involved with other people’s journeys.

Occupational Therapy Students become Dementia Friends

pic 1 In 2015 a strategic alliance between Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh and Alzheimer Scotland was created, formalizing a partnership between the two organisations that had been working in successful collaboration for several years prior to this. The overarching aim of this alliance is to improve the care and quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers through developing innovative and robust learning opportunities for healthcare students studying at Queen Margaret University. Asked about the strategic alliance Ian McMillan, Head of Division for Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies at Queen Margaret University explained, “(at QMU) we are very serious about educating our students about the wider considerations of dementia.  All allied health professionals in employment will, at some point, work with people with dementia, as well as their families and carers. By working with Alzheimer Scotland we can equip our students to better understand people’s needs and to work much more effectively in the changing landscape of health and social care in Scotland” (QMU 2015, P.1).

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A number of Dementia Friends sessions have been held at the university, with the aim of equipping the future workforce with the valuable knowledge and skills for interacting and working with people with dementia that these sessions provide. Having become a Dementia Friend myself during my 2015 occupational therapy internship with Alzheimer Scotland, QMU and Santander Universities, I was aware of how useful the sessions were, and was keen to offer my fellow occupational therapy students an opportunity to become Dementia Friends themselves.

With the help of academic staff, I discovered that there was significant interest in becoming Dementia Friends from occupational therapy students across the undergraduate programme, so I made contact with Anne McWhinney, Dementia Friends Programme Manager at Alzheimer Scotland, and we arranged for three sessions to be held for occupational therapy students at QMU on 14th March 2016. The sessions were well attended and received and there were 34 new Dementia Friends by the end of the day as a result.

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Q & A with a recent occupational therapy graduate

I completed a short interview with a recent QMU occupational therapy graduate, Kirsty Daly, who attended one of the Dementia Friends sessions in March, in order to gain some insight into her experience of taking part in the session.

Q: What level of dementia experience did you have prior to becoming a Dementia Friend?

A: I had very limited experience in working with this client group as none of my practice placements had been within a dementia setting. I had come across people with dementia during placements, but had never worked specifically with this client group.

Q: Why did you decide to sign up for the Dementia Friends session?

A: I am always interested in broadening my knowledge, and having had no specific placement in a dementia based setting, but still coming into contact with people with dementia indicated to me how important it is to understand dementia regardless of the practice setting. I felt that taking part in the session would be of benefit to me and the people who I would be working with as a qualified occupational therapist in the future.

Q: What did you know about Dementia Friends prior to taking part in the session?

A: I had heard of Dementia Friends from friends and classmates, but didn’t know exactly what was involved.

Q: What did you learn from the session?

A: I learned loads as a result of becoming a Dementia Friend. Some learning points that stood out for me were: how small tasks that we often take for granted can pose a difficult challenge for people with dementia; the importance of patience when communicating and working with a person with dementia, and the difference that this can make to the individual; and that reality for a person with dementia can be very different to what I might be experiencing.

Q: Did anything surprise you during the session?

A: Anne gave a ‘real-life’ example about a gentleman with dementia who had developed a fear of going into the bathroom in his home and his loved ones could not work out why this was. After spending some time with the gentleman and allowing him the time to explain the problem, the practitioner and his family established that a large mirror in the bathroom was causing him distress as he did not recognise his reflection, leading him to believe that there was a stranger in the room (I know I wouldn’t want to use my bathroom with a stranger in there!). Removing the mirror allowed the gentleman to enter the bathroom without becoming distressed, and use the bathroom facilities independently. I felt that this was a brilliant example of how a small change can make a huge positive difference to the life of a person with dementia.

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Q: Has becoming a Dementia Friend been beneficial to you as an occupational therapy professional?

A: Yes, the innovative and interactive methods used to deliver the session provided me with a deeper understanding of what it might be like to live with dementia. In turn, when working with people with dementia I will have a more holistic understanding of what they might be experiencing and why they might be doing and saying certain things.

Q: Would you recommend becoming a Dementia Friends to your friends and colleagues?

A: Yes! The session was really interesting and good fun. I would recommend becoming a Dementia Friend to students, professionals and the general public.

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Thank you for reading our blog and what would you answer if asked Would you recommend becoming a Dementia Friends to your friends and colleagues? “

For more information on Dementia Friends sessions can be found at the Dementia Friends Scotland website: http://www.dementiafriendsscotland.org

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pic-7-ConvertImageLynsey Robertson-Flannigan: Occupational Therapist

I recently graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. Throughout my studies and my adult life I have had a specific interest in dementia and was lucky enough to complete an internship in 2015 with Alzheimer Scotland, Queen Margaret University and Santander Universities. This internship provided countless opportunities to broaden my knowledge and understanding of dementia and I loved every minute of it. I am currently in the process of becoming an occupational therapy volunteer for Alzheimer Scotland. I hope to secure an occupational therapy position in a dementia-based setting in early 2017, having had some time off with my baby who was born at the end of July this year.


Kirsty Daley : Occupational Therapist

@ kirsty_d_103

I recently qualified as an occupational therapist, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in occupational therapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in July 2016. I am currently taking a month out to travel around Canada before beginning my first post as a Band 5 community occupational therapist with NHS Lothian, working in older peoples’ mental health.