We are working towards making Stirling a dementia friendly place where people with dementia are able to live sustainable, independent lives. 

We are working in partnership with our colleagues in NHS Forth Valley, local businesses and the third sector.

Creating a dementia friendly city

There are almost 1,100 people with dementia living locally.  Over the next 20 years we expect this figure to double. 

Making Stirling a dementia friendly city will not happen overnight, but there is already a range of support and advice available for those with dementia, their friends and family.

Supporting people with dementia

Are you concerned about dementia?  Find out who to speak to and local groups and organisations who run activities, events.

  • If you are concerned that you, or someone you care for, may have dementia, contact your local General Practitioner who will arrange an assessment.  Alternatively you can contact Alzheimer Scotland for an informal conversation or information.
  • Adult Social Services prioritise assessments and review requests from people diagnosed with dementia.
  • Stirling Care Village will provide specialist support for patients with dementia.
  • Telecare packages are free of charge for people who are diagnosed with dementia.  Enhanced Telecare options can help to support people to achieve their outcomes - find out more about how Enhanced Telecare has supported local people through Your Stories.

Third Sector Services

  • Alzheimer Scotland offer a range of services to individuals and their carers throughout their dementia journey including pre-diagnosis information, events, and support services such as specialised respite options and care at home.
  • Town Break support people with dementia, their carers and families within their local community through day clubs, befriending services and friendship groups.  Town Break also provide Cognitive Stimulation Therapy groups. 
  • Artlink Central run wellbeing activities specifically for people affected by dementia, such as the "Art of conversation" sessions held at the Cowane Centre, Stirling
  • The Macrobert runs an ongoing programme of dementia friendly events
  • Stirling Carers Centre offer support and advice for carers within the local area.

Learn more about dementia

Are you caring for someone with Dementia? 

For carers

  • Alzheimer Scotland provide specialist information, support and advice for people with dementia and their carers, both pre and post diagnosis.  Find out more about Dementia friends awareness raising and information sessions.
  • Dementia Services Development Centre provide information and Dementia Training for carers.
  • Stirling Carers Centre provide support and advice for carers.
  • Town Break support people with dementia, their carers and families within their local community through day clubs, befriending services and friendship groups.  Town Break also provide Cognitive Stimulation Therapy groups.

For professionals

  • Alzheimer Scotland offer "Dementia friends" awareness raising and have already provided sessions for several local organisations including Waitrose Stirling, Scion House employees, Office of the Public Guardian, Stirling Arthritis Group and the Stirling Women's Guild.
  • Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) provide courses, events and programmes for dementia-specific education.  Over the last three years they have provided internationally renowned multi-day training courses for 385 local individuals, including 35 Stirling Council employees.  As a result, staff have a greater awareness of the support required by people with dementia in their local community.  DSDC have also provided dementia training for local businesses such as Sainsbury's Stirling.  
  • The University of Stirling have recently become involved in a five year international research programme exploring what it is like for people living with dementia in their local neighbourhoods.  If you would like to be involved, contact Barbara Graham.
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