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Alzheimer Scotland gets Helping hand from building society for dementia support as demand mushrooms

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A helpline for those living with dementia has seen a surge in calls since lockdown began.
A helpline for those living with dementia has seen a surge in calls since lockdown began.

A helpline for those living with Alzheimer’s hopes a new partnership will boost the support it is able to offer.

Alzheimer’s Scotland has seen a 30 per cent rise in calls during lockdown, with prolonged isolation leading to more people reaching crisis point.

It has now been chosen as Scottish Building Society’s charity of the year and staff from the firm – which has a branch in Inverness – are to take part in manning the helpline as well as fundraising and promoting the charity’s wider range of services.

Paul Denton, Scottish Building Society chief executive, said: “Our members recognised the vital contribution Alzheimer Scotland makes and overwhelmingly voted to adopt them as charity of the year at out AGM.”

Alzheimer Scotland challenge misconceptions, tackle inequalities and fight for the rights of those impacted by dementia in Scotland. As the country’s leading dementia charity, they aim to empower, educate and enable people living with dementia to live well with the disease, keeping them connected to their own community and networks.

Alzheimer Scotland offer a range of personalised support and choices. They provide a network of specialist dementia advisors, NHS dementia nurse consultants, dementia research centres, the 24-hour freephone dementia helpline and local support services and reminiscence programmes. Much of its work has been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The helpline is available on 0808 808 3000.

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