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Dementia Awareness

  • 90,000 people in Scotland have some form of dementia
  • 76% of people in Scotland know somebody who is living with dementia
  • Over 3,000 people in Scotland under the age of 65 have some form of dementia

5 things you should know about dementia

  1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
  2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
  3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory
  4. It’s possible to live well with dementia
  5. There’s more to the person than their dementia

For more information about Dementia Awareness visit Alzheimer Scotland.

Need to talk? The Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Helpline is a 24 hour, freephone Scottish service for people with dementia, carers, relatives, professionals, students and anyone concerned about dementia.

Call now on 0808 808 3000 or email


Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Alasdair Perry said:

“The figures revealed by Alzheimer Scotland once again serve to sharpen our focus on taking steps to try to ensure older people are offered the proper protection from fire. The majority of people who are killed by fire in Scotland are over 50.”

“A key aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of dementia, empower people to feel more confident and comfortable when they meet someone with dementia. 76% of people in Scotland know somebody who is living with dementia and we are issuing a call to those people to help us and join Scotland’s fight against fire.” 

“We want to make sure that anyone who is living with dementia receives a free Home Fire Safety Visit from SFRS.  But we need the community’s help.  If you know someone who is living with dementia, I urge you to contact us.”

“SFRS are involved with initiatives across Scotland offering assistance to those living with dementia, as well as the wider group of older people.”

 Booking a visit is easy and can be organised at a time that suits you, day or night. To request a free home fire safety visit for you, or someone you know: call 0800 0731 999 text ‘FIRE’ to 80800.