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Scotland awarded dementia funding

23rd April 2008

More funding has been given by the Scottish government to improve health services across the country.

A total of 600,000 pounds have been given for practical projects to offer advice and support to those suffering from dementia, following first diagnosis.

Further to this, some 10,000 pounds will be given each year for the next three years to fund an arts-in-health projects for those with dementia.

Shona Robison, Scotland’s public health minister, said: “A diagnosis of dementia can and does have a traumatic effect on all concerned. Everything that can be done to minimise that trauma through immediate help and advice should be done.”

She added that Alzheimer Scotland and the Dementia Services Development Centre have been invited to work together to offer practical proposals for relevant support programmes.

Alongside the funding to help those suffering from dementia, more than one million pounds has been awarded in initiatives to support people suffering from depression or anxiety.

Dementia is more common in older people, with around 20 per cent of those aged over 85 being affected, the NHS claims.

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