Alzheimer Scotland launches its first Memory Bus

On a foggy February morning in Falkirk, outside the Lesser Town Hall in West Bridge Street, Alzheimer Scotland launched its first Memory Bus.

Falkirk Provost, Pat Reid was on hand to cut the ribbon for the new vehicle, which will travel the length and breadth of Scotland to provide information and advice to people with dementia and their families.

The Memory Bus is a mobile information unit which will help Alzheimer Scotland reach people across Scotland, wherever they are, bringing information and advice to those living with dementia and raising awareness of dementia in our local communities. We want to take the bus to shopping centres, car parks, village halls, farmers’ markets, and high streets, from Yell to Yetholm, and all points in between.

Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, Henry Simmons, commented;”This launch is just the start of what will be a grand tour for Alzheimer Scotland’s latest venture. We want to make sure that no-one goes through dementia on their own, but that’s easier said than done, particularly in Scotland’s remote, rural communities.

“Even in our towns and cities, people with dementia and their families often find it difficult to access support or get information when they need it – and not everyone is connected to the Internet or feels comfortable discussing their concerns over the phone.”