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Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process, but is caused by illnesses that affect the brain.
Dementia is an umbrella term for over 100 different types of diseases and symptoms, and it is possible to have more than one type. What all these diseases have in common is that they damage brain cells, so that the brain cannot work as well as it should. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia, but there are many more.
In Scotland, over 90,000 people have dementia. It is most common in older people but can affect people in their 40s and 50s, or even younger.
People often associate dementia with memory loss. Although it does often start by affecting a person’s short term memory, dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.
We do not yet know exactly what causes dementia. Medical researchers all over the world are working to find causes and develop treatments. Until we find a cure, there are drugs and other therapies that can help with some of the symptoms, so people can lead active, healthy lives and continue to do the things that matter to them most.

NHS Fife provides a number of services to support people with dementia, and their family, friends and carers. Our aim is to provide person centred high quality care which supports people to live well with a diagnosis of dementia. Please explore the supporting pages to find further information.

Meeting Centre spaces

STAND has Dementia Friendly Meeting Centre spaces across the Kingdom.
The unique feature of these spaces is that they are led by people living with a diagnosis of dementia and their families and friends, supported by workers and volunteers.

A Dementia Friendly Meeting Centre Space is for people who:

  • are worried about their memory and think they may be developing dementia
  • are worried about a family member or friend who is struggling with memory
  • are being investigated for changes to their memory and day-to-day functioning
  • have been diagnosed with dementia and are waiting for Post Diagnostic Support
  • are in the mild to moderate stages of dementia
  • are actively supporting someone who has a diagnosis of dementia

What A Dementia Friendly Meeting Centre Space offers:

  • a chance to meet and chat with other people in a similar situation over a cuppa and some food
  • an opportunity to talk to peers, workers and volunteers and to find out what services and support might be available
  • the chance to join in with fun and creative activities

If you would like more information about STAND please email STANDinFife@gmail.com or visit the website https://www.dementiavoices.org.uk/group/stand/