Alzheimer Scotland local news

From Michael Huddleston

Dear All

As this is our first update of 2022, I would like first of all to wish you a belated Happy New Year. With the positive news yesterday about the easing of restrictions and apparent downturn in Omicron cases, hopefully the coming weeks and months will see continued progress towards daily life better resembling what we think of as normal (and perhaps, in time, something even better than that!)

  • Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Cafés have now resumed in both Mid and East Lothian. Cafés are for people living with dementia and their carers/ family to meet and support one another, make connections, develop relationships, engage in meaningful activities, ask questions, and learn more about living well with dementia.

At the present time we continue to limit the group size to ensure a 1 metre distance can be maintained between attendees. As a result, both our Midlothian Cafés (Dalkeith – 2nd and 4th Tuesday, and Penicuik – 1st or 3rd Thursday) are fully subscribed but I would encourage anyone interested to get in touch to put their name on the waiting list for such a time that the opportunity to attend arises.

We still have some capacity to welcome new attendees to our East Lothian Cafés (Dunbar – 1st Monday of the month, 2-3.30pm, and Musselburgh – 1st Wednesday of the month, 10.30-12.00).

For those who enjoy the freshness of winter air, we also continue to offer Outdoor Activity Groups at Newbattle Abbey College (Thursdays, 10.30-12.00), Penicuik House (Fridays, 10.30-12.00), Gosford House, Aberlady (Thursdays, 10.30-12.00) and Clifftop Trail, Dunbar (Mondays, 10.30-12.00)

Please email ( or call (0131 654 1114) if you are interested in any of the above opportunities.

  • The British Red Cross in Midlothian are administering the Older People’s Assistance Fund for those over facing financial hardship. The fund can help with covering the cost of, for example, food, bedding, microwave or transport to hospital appointments. A flyer with more information and application form is attached. Contact 0131 654 0340 with any queries.
  • Age Scotland have shared their extensive winter dementia training programme. Please see the relevant attachment for full details and information on how to get involved.
  • Ageing Well East Lothian have shared updated information about their activity programme for over 50s, including Health Walks, Tai Chi and Mindfulness sessions. Please see the relevant attachment for full details and information on how to get involved.
  • The Capital Theatre’s fantastic winter edition of DementiArts, with its usual mix of quizzes, useful information, features, calendars and creative pieces provided by the dementia community, can be read here

Alzheimer Scotland continue to provide support, information and advice by telephone and video consultation, as well as face-to-face meetings where appropriate. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns we can support you to address, or if you are interested in any of our group activities: 0131 654 1114 or

Take care

Michael Michael Huddleston
Dementia Advisor | Edinburgh & Lothians | 0131 654 1114 | 07831 859490
Alzheimer Scotland, 3 Edinburgh Road, Dalkeith, EH22 1LA

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