“What’s important to me”: Living Well with Dementia

The Scottish Dementia Working Group (@S_D_W_G) is a national campaigning group, run by people with dementia. SDWG are the independent voice of people with dementia within Alzheimer Scotland and campaigns to improve services for people with dementia and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia. (http://www.sdwg.org.uk/ )

Over the summer I had the pleasure of working with this fabulous group during my occupational therapy internship with Alzheimer Scotland. We undertook to co-produce a resource where group members could have their “voice” heard at a number of different events.   This project began by inviting members to answer the question:

What’s important to me?”

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Twelve members took part and images of each person with their answer to the question have been collated in a video. We have really enjoyed completing this project and we hope you enjoying watching.

We welcome any feedback and comments about our short film.

Also, what do you do to find out what’s important to the people you work with?

You can also connect with us on twitter at @elaineahpmh and @chrisgcousins and @S_D_W_G

Elaine HunterElaine Hunter
Allied Health Professional Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland

My remit in Alzheimer Scotland is to bring the skills of AHPs to the forefront of dementia practice and to share with them the principles and practice of working in a major charity that is dedicated to “making sure nobody faces dementia alone”. I am leading the delivery of commitment 4 of Scotland’s Dementia Strategy. In short, a great job working with great people.


Christopher Cousins

Occupational Therapy Intern  


I am an Occupational Therapy Student from Queen Margaret University and am currently working in the role as Occupational Therapy Intern within Alzheimer Scotland working with The Scottish Dementia Working Group and using social media to promote what we are doing. I am in post for June, July and August 2015.



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