An estimated 90,000 people have dementia in Scotland in 2017. Around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65.

As our population ages, the number of people with dementia will increase; we expect the number to double over the next 25 years.

Focus on Dementia is a national improvement portfolio established by the Scottish Government and based within the ihub of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. We work in partnership with national organisations, health and social care partnerships, people with dementia, and carers to reduce variation and improve quality of care. Taking a whole pathway approach, our work supports:

  1. improvements in diagnosis and post-diagnostic support
  2. integrated care co-ordination in the community
  3. specialist dementia units, and
  4. acute care and advanced care.

All of this work is supporting the implementation of Scotland’s dementia strategies and informing future policy and practice.

Focus on Dementia Heat Map

Please view an overview below of the areas the Focus on Dementia Portfolio is currently engaging with.

Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy 2017-2020

View the Dementia Strategy (PDF) launched on 28 June 2017.

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  • Improving outcomes for people with dementia, carers and staff in 2019