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Scottish funding package for dementia sufferers

A new funding and support package to improve support and raise awareness of dementia was launched in Scotland yesterday.

The package includes:

  • £600,000 for practical projects offering support and advice for dementia sufferers and their families, immediately following diagnosis.
  • £10,000 per year for each of the next three years for an innovative arts-in-health project working directly with dementia sufferers.

Public health minister Shona Robison outlined plans to invest the money in improving support for patients and carers immediately following the first diagnosis of dementia.

She said: "A diagnosis of dementia can and does have a traumatic effect on all concerned. Everything that can be done to minimise that trauma through immediate help and advice should be done.

"Emerging research shows that there is a need for immediate postdiagnosis support and advice for patients and their families.

Ms Robinson invited Alzheimer Scotland and the Dementia Services Development Centre to work together to review, refine and submit practical proposals for relevant and accessible support.

She also confirmed an investment of more than £1m in initiatives to support those suffering anxiety and depression:

"The Scottish Government is committed to improving services for those with anxiety or depression, and this funding is a direct expression of that commitment. Along with our partners in NHS boards and at NHS 24, we are seeking out new ways of helping anxiety and depression sufferers."

The Scottish Government