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YOUR BRAIN

IS AMAZING.

LET'S KEEP IT

THAT WAY.

At Brain Health Scotland our mission is to inspire and empower you to protect your brain health and reduce your risk of diseases that lead to dementia. 

 

We work with all ages, across the whole of Scotland, to provide all you need to protect your brain and to join the effort to understand more about this amazing part of who you are.

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YOUR BRAIN IS WHO YOU ARE. IT IS YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND MEMORIES.

IT IS CURIOUS AND CREATIVE, AND IT NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED.

 

About Brain Health

LIFESTYLE HAS

A PROFOUND IMPACT ON

BRAIN HEALTH.

If we eat, exercise and sleep well we can help keep our brains healthy and fuelled with oxygen and nutrients. No matter our age, we need to stimulate our brains by being with people and learning new skills. And it is crucial we manage stress to stay as calm as possible at home and work.

We now understand a great deal more about what impacts our brain health than we did even ten years ago. For example, it is widely known that the diseases that lead to dementia start in midlife. 

 

The onset of these diseases is driven by many factors, some of which we cannot change, such as our family history and genetics, but many of which we can, 

such as our lifestyle. 

Be active

Take regular exercise that 

gets your heart pumping

Avoid harmful substances

Don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol to excess

Eat healthy

Eat a balanced, mediterranean-style diet

Get creative

Learn new skills 

throughout life

Stay social

Enjoy time with 

other people

Keep rested

Manage stress, look after mental health and get plenty of sleep

 

What we do

DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND,

AND FUNDED BY THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, BRAIN HEALTH SCOTLAND 

PROVIDES:

• Expert advice about brain health research, policy and healthcare 

 

• Promotion of positive brain health in collaboration with Public Health Scotland

and other partners

 

• Support to ensure health professionals can provide personalised prevention plans

 

• Opportunities to join brain health clinics 

and research programmes across Scotland

Brain Health Scotland has been established with the singular objective of reducing the incidence of dementia over the next 10 years. 

 

We achieve our success by establishing long-standing partnerships with organisations that share our vision

of a future free from the fear of brain disease.

We promote brain health through two key programmes:

Brain Health Engagement: 

We promote awareness of the principles of brain health across all walks of life. We work with partners in education, nutrition and fitness, as well as employers and sports associations to promote positive brain health. 

 

Our programmes include educational outreach from primary school years onwards, health promotion campaigns and management of known risk factors

 

We place specific emphasis on equity of access, addressing the needs of people living

in more challenging socioeconomic circumstances. 

 

Brain Health Services: 

We are developing Scotland’s first brain health clinics, at which patients will access the information and interventions they need to protect their brain.

 

We also provide opportunities to join research programmes, so everyone can join the effort to better

understand brain health and disease.

 

Through all our activities, we expect that in future fewer people will develop Alzheimer’s disease in Scotland, but for those who do, we will work to ensure they access the best assessments,

treatments and care anywhere in the world. 

 

Brain Health Scotland has been commissioned to produce national policy documents that will include the first Brain Health Strategy for Scotland as well as a Scottish Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy. 

 

What you can do

THERE ARE

MANY WAYS

YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

WITH BRAIN HEALTH SCOTLAND.

1. Join research

Taking part in brain health research is for everyone and is one of the greatest ways to impact future success: Join Dementia Research

 

 

2. Learn about brain health

We run a free online learning course all about Understanding Brain Health. Search ‘Brain Health’ on Future Learn

 

3. Partner with us

We are keen to work with partners from all walks

of life. We would love to hear from you if you

are keen embed brain health in your work,

school or community.

 

4. Work with us

Register interest and sign up for alerts so we can let you know when we are looking for skills. 

 

5. Data

All Brain Health Scotland data is held on the principle of open access, if you would like to know

more please contact us

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DIRECTOR

Prof Craig Ritchie 

Chair of Psychiatry of Ageing, 

University of Edinburgh

 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Henry Simmons 

Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland

 

EXECUTIVE LEAD

Anna Borthwick

 

PROJECT & COMMUNICATION LEAD

Neil Fullerton

RESEARCH OFFICER

Jenny Waymont

Who we are

OUR RESEARCHERS

SDRC Executive  

 

We work with experts from the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium and the Scottish Dementia Informatics Partnership to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of global advances to understand and protect brain health.

 

www.sdrc.scot/executive-commitee

 

Get in touch

To learn more about brain health,

or any of the Brain Health Scotland programmes, please get in touch at

brainhealth@alzscot.org

 

 

www.brainhealth.scot

 
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