The local pioneers of Alzheimer Scotland are being recalled as the charity reaches a significant milestone – its 40th year on World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September 2020.

Founded in 1980, Scotland’s leading dementia charity has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families.

The charity is using the anniversary to reflect on its many innovations, which include a 24 hour freephone Dementia Helpline and the world leading Scottish Dementia Working Group.

Chief Executive Henry Simmons said: “It is remarkable to reflect on the last 40 years of Alzheimer Scotland. We have demonstrated some wonderful innovations over the years, and at the heart of them lie our staff and volunteers who innovate every single day because of the person-centred way they work with, and understand, people with dementia and their family carers. I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone who has been a part of Alzheimer Scotland over the last 40 years when I say it is an enormous privilege to be able to have a positive impact on the lives of the people we support.”

Marion MacInnes, Locality Leader from the local Western Isles services, would like to give special recognition to the many people who were instrumental in setting up the original local services particularly Kenny MacLennan, Catherine MacKenzie, Katie MacPherson and all the staff and volunteers that have supported the service over the years and to those that still do.

"The foundations that were laid back then are still going strong locally as we continue to focus on finding ways to support people living with dementia and their carers and families," she says. 

As part of the 40th celebrations, the charity is launching three new digital innovations, which include the launch of their very own app. The app is designed to complement Alzheimer Scotland’s website, and users will be able to get information and updates about what support available in their local area. One of the key benefits the app offers to users is instant notifications from local staff, such as changes to group times or crucial COVID-19 related updates.

On top of this, the charity is launching the redesign of their Purple Alert app, which helps to find people with dementia if they go missing.