Recently diagnosed with dementia

Post diagnostic support

In Scotland, everyone who is newly diagnosed with dementia should have access to a minimum of one year support from a named worker. This is called post diagnostic support.

In Aberdeenshire, post diagnostic support is provided by the Older Adults Community Mental Health Team. There are three teams in Aberdeenshire.

Post diagnostic support aims to help you in the following ways:

  • understand your dementia diagnosis and manage your symptoms
  • be supported to keep up your community connections and make new ones
  • have a chance to meet other people with dementia and their partners and families
  • plan for the future decision making
  • plan for your future support

Once you have received your diagnosis of dementia you will be offered post diagnostic support. A referral will be made to the Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, and they will normally arrange to visit and complete an initial assessment in order to shape the support offered to your needs.

Getting a diagnosis of dementia can at times feel quite scary and a lonely place, for all involved. We would encourage people to access post diagnostic support, following diagnosis. However, some people may not be ready for this support. This is okay. If you don’t want post diagnostic support after your initial diagnosis, advice will be given, and contacts provided in how to get in touch in the future.

Should you have a concern around changes to your dementia symptoms remember that you can contact the Consultant Psychiatrist who initially assessed you, or your GP who will either offer support or direct you to the most appropriate person.

Living well as you get older

Staying active is a great way to have fun and feel better for people of all ages. For older people, there are significant health benefits to keeping active and being aware of how to remain as fit and healthy as possible.

NHS Inform is Scotland’s national health information service and provides accurate and relevant information to help people make informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing. NHS Inform has information on living well with dementia and advice and tools about health living.

If your GP or Psychiatrist has told you that you have dementia, then NHS Health Scotland’s living well with dementia booklet (pdf) will help you understand more about your illness, how to cope with your symptoms and plan for your future. It was written with the help of people diagnosed with dementia.

There are different types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common. More information on the different types of dementia and how they can affect you is available on the Alzheimer’s Society website.

Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centre in Aberdeen offers information, advice, community activities and carer support groups. The centre is open Monday – Friday and is open to the public during these times.

Sensory impairment and dementia

Sight and hearing loss are both common as you get older. For a person with dementia, this can cause additional problems such as increased confusion and difficulties communicating.

Information about sensory impairment support is available on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have produced a guide about dementia and sight loss which is available to download from their website.

The Transforming the Deaf Dementia Experience project is an initiative set up by the British Deaf Association (BDA) Scotland. It aims to transform and improve the quality of life and well-being of deaf people living with dementia and their carers.