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

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

For more information about Dementia Awareness visit Alzheimer Scotland.

Dementia Helpline imageNeed 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

ACO Robert Scott, SFRS Director of Prevention &  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 maximum protection from fire.  The majority of people who are killed by fire in Scotland are over 50.  An aim of this campaign is to challenge the isolation of those living with dementia.  76% of people in Scotland know somebody who is living with dementia.  We are issuing a call to those people to help us, to 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.  We can offer advice, fit smoke alarms, and direct people to other agencies who can assist with dementia related issues.  SFRS are involved with initiatives across Scotland offering assistance to those living with dementia, as well as the wider group of older people.

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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.