Elections Manifesto

Alzheimer Scotland

Voters    http://www.alzscot.org/manifesto2012                                             

Candidates in Scotland’s local council elections in May were reminded that:

  • Dementia is not an inevitable part of aging, but a terminal illness
  • One in three people will die with dementia
  • Over half of the population of Scotland have had a family member or close friend with dementia
  • People with dementia, their carers and families are entitled to:
    • be treated with dignity and respect
    • be supported by skilled staff who understand the illness
    • be included in their local communities.

Well over 300 candidates signed up to the manifesto – here’s what some of them had to say:

 

Jim MacLeod Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Ward 1 – Inverclyde East Political Party: SNP Comment: “I understand only too well some of the issues that people with dementia and their families are faced with as my late father had slight dementia following a stroke he had almost ten years ago which then progressed over the years. As one of the councillors in Inverclyde I was asked by a local Alzheimer’s group a few years ago if I could arrange a presentation by Alzhemimer’s Scotland to the council members and thereafter our 20 councillors signed up to their national Charter, which I was only too pleased to arrange at the time. I am only too happy to sign this pledge.”

 

Andy Lovie Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: 8 (George St/Harbour Political Party: Independent Comment: “I have known many people who have become afflicted with this terrible disease. The increasing longevity of the population of a whole means the number of those who will suffer from it will only increase with time. For these reasons, I think this is an illness which requires much more investigation and support than it does at present. I congratulate Dementia Scotland on their work and support it fully.”

 

John Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Kilbirnie and Beith Political Party: Labour Comment: “NAC opened a Dementia respite care centre in Kilbirnie, but need to find further ways to help sufferers and carers”

 

Jim Muirhead Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: Midlothian South Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “There is a new 60 bed nursing home located in my ward which provides for a high number of residents with dementia. I appreciate the importance of this facility being integrated in our community and have participated in encouraging local groups to meet in the facility, involving residents where they have an interest. Midlothian is also building a second similar facility in Penicuik.”

 

Jaci Douglas Local Authority: Highland Ward: Badenoch and Strathspey Political Party: Independent

 

Kevin McVey Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: Cumbernauld South Political Party: Scottish Socialist Party Comment: “Key services like care for alzheimer sufferers should be our priority not bankers bonuses and nuclear weapons. Family experience reinforcing the importance for services to support everyone effected by dementia”

 

Donald Melville Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Oban North and Lorn Political Party: SNP

 

Anthea Dickson Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Kilbirnie & Beith Political Party: SNP Comment: “Having had family experience of dementia, I am very aware that support is needed for carers and skilled staff needed for sufferers.”

 

Colin Rullkotter Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: East Centre (18) Political Party: SNP Comment: “My grandmother is currently receiving regular visits from Dementia Scotland staff, so I appreciate the work that they do, and know that it goes well beyond the utilitarian services provided by local government and arm’s length bodies. These visits have had a very visible effect on my grandmother’s quality of life.”

 

Janet Campbell Local Authority: West Lothian Ward: Broxburn Political Party: Uphall and Winchburgh Comment: “I have recently worked with the Lothians Early Onset Support Service to establish a “Cafe” type support group for people with dementia centred around football. We use the local Junior Football Club – Broxburn Athletic – as the meeting venue.”

 

Richard McCready Local Authority: Dundee Ward: West End Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “Important issue which we should face up to.”

 

Tom Morrison Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Clydebank Central Political Party: Communist Party Comment: “I work as a Welfare Rights Officer and oppose all attacks on benefits and services.”

 

willie Scobie Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Stranraer & North Rhins Political Party: No Description Comment: “I have been involved with the Altziemers Group in Stranraer and indeed, was part of a lobby group that met with the Parliamentry Committe in Holyrood giving evidence on Dimentia. I conside we should be doing alot more and much sooner for people who suffer from dimentia.”

 

Frank Rankin Local Authority: East Renfrewshire Ward: Ward 1 – Neilston Uplawmoor & Newton Mearns North Political Party: SNP

 

Donnie Steele Local Authority: Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar) Ward: Barra. Vatersay Eriskay South Uist Political Party: Independent Comment: “I pledge to support and protect people with dementia, their family and their carers.”

 

Sandy Taylor Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Mid Argyll – 03 Political Party: SNP

 

Fred Hall Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: 4: Oban South & Isles Political Party: SNP Comment: “I firmly believe that the peoples money should be spent on the peoples prorities. Health and the provision of funds to help with research into and treatment for Dementia and other illnesses should be a priority.”

 

Frank Ross Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Corstorphine Murrafield Political Party: SNP

 

Kenneth Smith Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Lomond North Political Party: SNP

 

Ron Simon Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: 6 Political Party: SNP

 

Isobel Knox Local Authority: East Lothian Ward: Dunbar and East Linton Political Party: SNP Comment: “Dementia is a distressing condition for the sufferer and their family. I recognise and appreciate the support that Alzheimer Scotland gives, and I want to support them.”

 

Anne Baird Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: 1 Political Party: SNP

 

William Gordon Blair Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Cowal Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “Alzheimer Scotland gets my support, like many others I have a family member who has benefited from your organisations activity in the community.”

 

Feargal Dalton Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Partick West Political Party: Scottish National Party

 

Cammy Fyfe Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Dumbarton Political Party: Scottish Socialist Party Comment: “Having recently lost my Uncle to Alzheimers I value this campaign and wish you every success.”

 

Dawn Fyfe Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Kilpatrick Political Party: Scottish Socialist Party Comment: “Good luck with your campaign. I hope it is a great success. Regardless of the outcome of the election please do not hesitate to contact me for support in the future.”

 

Fabio Villani Local Authority: Moray Ward: Forres Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “I have worked for Highland Community Care Forum and currently work in the NHS. One of my key pledges is to make my local council fairer, because we need to look after the most vulnerable members of our communities, which of course includes dementia sufferers and their carers.”

 

Stewart McDonald Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Linn Political Party: SNP Comment: “Happy to support”

 

Les Sharp Local Authority: Clackmannanshire Ward: One Political Party: SNP Comment: “Very willing to support as my Father suffers.”

 

Paul Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: South Political Party: Labour

 

Angela Crawley (candidate) Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Hamilton South (Ward 19) Political Party: Scottish National Party

 

marilyn martin-strachan Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Political Party: lib-dems Comment: “This is so important topic,my mother has it and many of my friends parents,like myself have given up thier Careers in their 50s to look after and eldery parent,this must be a priorty on your agenda,it is now at Crisis point and must be addressed.”

 

Gary Coull Local Authority: Moray Ward: Keith & Cullen Political Party: SNP

 

Mauro Di Lullo Local Authority: Renfrewshire Ward: Political Party: SNP Comment: “Please try and build up a fairer Scotland!”

 

Alisdair Sinclair Local Authority: East Dunbartonshire Ward: Bishopbriggs South Political Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist

 

Richard Thomson Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Ellon & District Political Party: SNP

 

Loretta Gardner Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: 5 Political Party: Labour Comment: “Dementia is an increasing concern for many families and thee requires to be ongoing research and support for individuals and extended family members. I do indeed pledge my support.”

 

Kevin Ferguson Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Hawick and Hermitage Political Party: Green

 

Gail Sheridan Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Craigton Political Party: Solidarity Comment: “Keep up all your excellent work.”

 

Joan Carter Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Liberton/Gilmerton Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

Robert Stewart Local Authority: Highland Ward: Aird and Loch Ness Political Party: SNP Comment: “Dementia is a priority for all 33 SNP Candidates in the Highland Council elections. The recent announcement of one hundred Dementia Champions and the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Specialist Nurses being appointed in every NHS Health Board area in Scotland is very good news and we would want to take a special interest in how this initiative develops in Highland.”

 

John Stuart Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Springburn Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

Joe Cullinane Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Kilwinning Political Party: Scottish Labour Party

 

Anne Simpson Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Central Buchan Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

 

Tommy Reilly Local Authority: East Renfrewshire Ward: 2 Political Party: SNP

 

Joe Wallace Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: Ward 1 Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “I have personal experience of the devastating effectes dementia can have on families and carers”

 

Isabelle Campbell Local Authority: Highland Ward: Wester Ross Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Political Party: Liberal Democrat Comment: “I fully understand the impact this brings to a family having a family member with dementia, if re-elected I will ensure that we do not have any cut backs on this service. We have ensured that dementia patients have been able to stay in their own homes as much as possible providing home care and installing telecare. I salute the group of dementia carers throughout Scotland that do stalwart work looking after dementia sufferers.”

 

Gillian Renwick Local Authority: East Dunbartonshire Ward: Lenzie & Kirkintilloch South Political Party: SNP

 

Mhairi Hunter Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Southside Central Political Party: SNP

 

Angela Dixon Local Authority: Fife Ward: Dunfermline South Political Party: Scottish Green Comment: “I think that dementia is an extremely important issue that will require alot more resources in the future, both for people with the disease and their carers.”

 

June McHugh Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 5 Political Party: SNP

 

Derek Rosie Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: 1 Political Party: SNP

 

Michael J Doig Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Peterhead North and Rattray Political Party: Scottish National Party (SNP) Comment: “I fully support the work of the charity and am delighted to make this pledge.”

 

Lillian Jones Local Authority: East Ayrshire Ward: Kilmarnock West & Crosshouse Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “I am absolutely committed to delivering a better service to our elderly community and pledge to make dementia a priority in my community.”

 

JESS THOMAS Local Authority: Highland Ward: North Political Party: West & Central Sutherland Comment: “Having worked with the elderly for 25 years in this area, I am well aware of the anxiety and stress Alzheimers can cause both to the sufferer and their families and friends. I fully support making dementia a priority in this area.”

 

Janette Hamilton Local Authority: Fife Ward: Kirkcaldy North Ward 11 Political Party: All Scottish Pensioners Partyy Comment: “As a Holistic Therapist, I’m only to aware of the difficulties faced by Carers, Dementia is such a cruel Illness, Would be a privilege to pledge my support.”

 

Josh McCormick Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Ward 7 Beith & Kilbirnie Political Party: Independent Candidate Comment: “My campaign is about community and equality so i will support and fight on behalf of all people in any part of the community. I myself have been affected by this illness through family & friends so i understand how tough life can become trying to financially and emotionally support not just the loved one with the illness but also the rest of the family, and i promise if elected to refuse any and all cuts to jobs or facilities along with a push for better training for staff and modernization of facilities. I don’t say these things because i want votes, i say these things because they are the right thing to do, because i respect people and i want to see people happy. I am also aware that no council has a lot of money to spend but we have to fight to keep our most important services, because if we don’t stand up and speak out against cuts to services that don’t directly effect us then who will be there to stand up and fight with us against cuts to our directly used services. ”

 

Mandy Haggith Local Authority: Highland Ward: N W & Central Sutherland Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

Iain Walker Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: 3 Kilwinning Political Party: Scottish National Partry(SNP) Comment: “Although never having been closely involved with anyone suffering from Alzheimer/Dementia, I stand fully behind your ideals. People with disabilities and illness tend to be marginalised in society and deserve more recognition and support. If elected on May 3, I will strive to ensure that all constituents are treated fairly and receive all the support that can be provided. This will also include the carers who tend to be forgotten, but provide tremendous support for the most disadvantaged in our communitites”

 

Jenny Dawe Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Meadows/Morningside Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrat Comment: “This is one of the priority areas that I am committed to support. Over the past 5 years, the Lib Dem led administration in Edinburgh has improved care, support and protection for those in society who are most vulnerable and most in need; and that includes those with dementia and their families and carers. Our Manifesto for 2012 and beyond commits to continuing to treat the more vulnerable in our communities with dignity and respect, to invest in more preventative services, to support carers and provide flexible, accessible services to suit individuals. Specific points from our Manifesto that are of relevance include commitments to continuing to improve home care services, increasing telecare services, expanding respite services, and supporting post diagnisis help for carers of people with dementia.”

 

Tristan Lindsay Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: 7 Political Party: Socialist Labour Party

 

John West Local Authority: Highland Ward: 16 Political Party: independent Comment: “I am happy to support the ongoing battle with this disease and to support, or initiate, local authority moves to alleviate the effects of this illnes, if elected.”

 

Jim Blackwood Local Authority: Falkirk Ward: Ward 3 Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “Having had family members suffer from dementia I understand some of the problems this illness can cause.”

 

Andy Hay Local Authority: Perth and Kinross Ward: Perth City Political Party: SNP Comment: “Happy to support www.facebook.com/andyhayforperth @andydhay”

 

Maggie Chapman Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Leith Walk Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “This is a very important priority – need to ensure we support the more vulnerable people in our communities. Greens in Edinburgh have already prioritised work on properly resourced social care including an end to the aggressive tendering of vital services.”

 

Barry Thomson Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: kingswells and Sheddocksley Political Party: independent Comment: “My grandad suffered from it and died in April 2010 so I pledge that if I am elected I will do all I can to ensure that the people/family/carers etc are supported via local the authority”

 

Tom McDonald Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Clydesdale South – 4 Political Party: SNP

 

Lesley McDonald Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Larkhall – 20 Political Party: SNP Comment: “My mother suffered from dementia, I do all in my power to promote the wonderful works you do. Keep up the good work.”

 

Gerard Killen Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Rutherglen South Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “I am very pleased to support this worthwhile cause and I am confident that progress can be made by working in conjunction with excellent charities such as Alzheimer Scotland.

South Lanarkshire Labour has guaranteed to maintain investment in services for our elderly population, many of whom are living with dementia. We have also pledged to continue to support independent living within the community. If elected, I will seek to work closely with Alzheimer Scotland and my local party to help make dementia a priority in South Lanarkshire and beyond.”

 

Andy Anderson Local Authority: Moray Ward: FORRES 8 Political Party: All Scotland Pensioners\\’ Comment: “I have experienced Dementia (which of the circa 200 types I know not) amongst distant, and ‘married into’, family members. At age 77 I’m keen to investigate this illness, and have broached the subject at PPF & OPRG meetings in NHS Grampian, Spynie Hospital, Elgin.

I’m also awaiting ‘phone contact with Ch. Ex. Henry Simmons – for information and guidance!

Andy Anderson”

 

Barry Douglas Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Hamilton North & East Political Party: SNP

 

Bill Duff Local Authority: Angus Ward: Montrose & district Political Party: SNP Comment: “A growing issue as we live longer.”

 

Tom McInally Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Corstorphine and Murrayfield Political Party: Labour

 

phil jarvis Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 13 Garscadden & scotstounhill Political Party: independent Comment: “With no personalexperience of Dementia I can only imagine how devastating this must be for sufferers and their family.I would support any initiative that would lead towards improved treatments or quality of life for those affected by this dreadful illness.”

 

David Balfour Local Authority: Falkirk Ward: Grangemouth Political Party: Scottish National Party (SNP) Comment: “I have had a family member with dementia. It hurts the families as much as the people suffering from this terrible illness.”

 

John Knox Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Liberton/Gilmerton Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats Comment: “Dementia is a priority,yes, but unfortunately one of many. Council funds are short and each need has to be balanced against the others…people living with a painful cancer, a family struggling to look after a handicapped child…not to mention the other budgets a Council is responsible for – schools, roads, parks, police and fire services etc. The Liberal Democrats in Edinburgh have extended our home-care programme over the last five years considerably. The evening care service has doubled and weekend care is up 50 per cent. The number of people receiving direct payments has gone up from 196 to 644. And we mean to continue this progress. Not only because it is good in itself but because it is cheaper to help look after people in their own homes rather than in hospital or a care home. I’m sorry if this sounds hard-nosed and unsympathetic but politics is about these difficult choices and it would be dishonest for me to promise the earth for dementia patients when I know resources are limited.”

 

Owen Thompson Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: 4 Midlothian West Political Party: SNP

 

Andrew Gray Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Partick West Political Party: Scottish Socialist Party

 

bobby lawson Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: 19 Political Party: SNP Comment: “i AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOUR POLICIES”

 

Gordon Bain Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Irvine West Political Party: Scottish Lib Dems

 

Craig Bryson Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Hawick and Denholm Political Party: Independant

 

Isobel Dorman Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: 05 Political Party: SNP

 

Karen Keil Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Drumbrae / Gyle Political Party: Labour

 

Kelly Jordan Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Political Party:

 

Lindsay Ashford Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Sighthill/Gorgie Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

Alan Henderson Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: Thorniewood Political Party: Conservative and Unionist Comment: “I fully support the proposals in the Alzheimer Scotland manifesto and if elected, will work to secure the best interests of those with Alzheimers in North Lanarkshire.”

 

Martin Clark Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Calton Political Party: Britannica Comment: “Just Recieved your letter regarding the scale of dementia in Scotland,i was aware this was a major issue,however i was shocked at how widespread the condition was. I have had personal experience of the condition myself as my great grandmother suffered from it, intially she was given homehelps but the situation developed so she had to go into Local Authority accomadation this was a very sressful time for the family especially as my grandmother shared a house with my great grandmother and suffered from severe arithritis and herself was on medication. Ideally we should be attempting to develop research to cure the problem at source but i imagine this would require long term planning in the meantime we as communities should be supporting services that people require through now fault of their own.

If i am not fortunate enough to be elected in May i will still keep abreast of this issue in any future activity i or my party colleagues are undertaking.”

 

Graham Smith Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Peterhead North and Rattray Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats Comment: “I would like to offer my support to people with dementia, their families and their carers. We must protect dementia support services now and in the future. That is why I am signing the pledge today.”

 

Rhona Brock Local Authority: Perth and Kinross Ward: 6 Strathearn Political Party: Independent Comment: “One that is very close to my heart as i cared for both of my parents who suffered from this illness.”

 

Martin McWilliams Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 6 Political Party: None Comment: “I support the good work that you have being doing and you are in my Election manifesto.”

 

Helen Blackburn Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: Midlothian West Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “As someone with a background in psychiatric nursing, I am only too aware of the challenges when caring for people with dementia and recognise the importance of highly skilled and qualified staff to do this important work.”

 

Andrew Cowie Local Authority: Falkirk Ward: Grangemouth Political Party: SNP

 

Bill Boyd Local Authority: Highland Ward: Inverness South Political Party: SNP Comment: “The statistics you have drawn (my) attention to are shocking … dementia is now on my radar and will have my attention.”

 

Rob Murray Local Authority: East Ayrshire Ward: Kilmarnock East & Hurlford Political Party: Scottish Conservatives Comment: “I am pledging support to this manifesto as i believe we can and should be doing more to help those with dementia and their families. My Great Grandmother suffered from dementia and it was hard for all the family even though she had a great life up until the day she died.”

 

Johannes Butscher Local Authority: Stirling Ward: Stirling East Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

Graham Craig Nicholls Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 16 Political Party: Scottish Unionist Party Comment: “When i was younger my grandfather suffered from dementia and i saw how it affected him and my family around him. so i know bad it is and this is why i would like to pledge my support knowing how hard it will be for others”

 

Ken Andrew Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: G11 Political Party: SNP Comment: “Very worthwhile cause”

 

Anne Thomas Local Authority: Highland Ward: 17 Political Party: Green Comment: “As a speech and language therapist with family experience of dementia I strongly support skilled services and support in the community.”

 

Kris Chapman Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: George Street / Harbour Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrat Comment: “Having seen the effects of dementia first hand and the problems it can cause to the people you love around you. I wholeheartedly support this.”

 

Callum Campbell Local Authority: Stirling Ward: Dunblane & Bridge of Allan Political Party: Scottish Conservative

 

James Logue Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 8 Political Party: Labour

 

Nina Ballantyne Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 18 – East Centre Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “The Greens have pledged to preserve care services and are serious about making sure people who want or need help can get it.”

 

Councillor Tony Gurney Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Ardrossan and Arran Political Party: SNP Comment: “Happy to support your manifesto and look forward to working with you on this issue should I be re-elected.”

 

gail casey Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Waterfront Political Party: Labour Comment: “I have a family member recently diagnosed with dimentia and it has certainly made me aware of the need for services and skilled staff to integrate dementia sufferers into the community and provide proper care.”

 

Graeme Horne Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Hamilton West and Earnock Political Party: SNP Comment: “Having had family member with dementia I understand the effect on the individual and the family. I will do all I can help with this worthy cause and urge all candidates to pledge their support.”

 

Mary Cairns Local Authority: Fife Ward: 20 Political Party: Labour Comment: “I was a Social Worker for 17 years assessing the needs of older people and people with dementia, and their carers, and my own dear husband has dementia, so this is a cause very important to me.”

 

Peter Sullivan Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 8 Political Party: Labour

 

Ken Webb Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: East Berwickshire Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats Comment: “I want to see a better integration of NHS and Social Welfare in care of those with dementia”

 

Rhona Brock Local Authority: Perth and Kinross Ward: 6 Strathearn Political Party: Independent Comment: “Both parents suffered dementia, this illness is very close to my heart and would welcome any info on being able to help more regardless of outcome at election”

 

Andy Reid Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Calton Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

John Palmer Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Craigentinny and Duddingston Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “This is a very relevant issue for my ward, which has a high proportion of elderly people. I have made it a priority in my in the ward up to now.”

 

CLLR. BRIAN LAWSON Local Authority: Renfrewshire Ward: 3 Paisley East & Ralston Political Party: SNP

 

Kate Joester Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Forth Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “As a former Alzheimer Scotland employee, I fully support the campaign and pledge to work to make dementia a priority.”

 

Bill Lobban Local Authority: Highland Ward: Badenoch & Strathspey Political Party: SNP

 

Alison Thewliss Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Calton Political Party: SNP Comment: “Happy to support your manifesto and look forward to working with you on this issue should I be re-elected.”

 

Steen Parish Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Maryhill/Kelvin Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

Phyl Meyer Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Pentland Hills Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

David Fallows Local Authority: Highland Ward: 21 Badenoch and Strathspey Political Party: SNP Comment: “Dementia is a priority for all 33 SNP Candidates in the Highland Council elections.The recent announcement of one hundred Dementia Champions and the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Specialist Nurses being appointed in every NHS Health Board area in Scotland is very good news and we would want to take a special interest in how this initiative develops in Highland.”

 

Bob Goupillot Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: East Political Party: Scottish Anti Cuts Coalition Comment: “Our campaign was set up as a result of community activists contacting all the major political parties asking them to pledge to protect vital services and to oppose all cuts. none would sign up for this so we set our own electoral coalition. if elected i promise to work to protect all dememtia related services and if possible aid in their improvement”

 

Maggie Chapman Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Leith Walk Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

David Green Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrat Comment: “”I have had family members suffer from dementia and I understand the damaging effects this illness can have on the individual and family. It is only right to support the work of Alzheimer’s Scotland and put those with this illness first”"

 

Peter McColl Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Portobello/Craigmillar Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “I am fully committed to ensuring that dementia is a priority for Edinburgh City Council. The Scottish Green Party has worked hard over the past 5 years to ensure the best treatment of available for people with dementia, including preventing re-tendering of social care services. I hope we can continue to ensure this commitment continues.”

 

Julita Mazurek Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: City Centre Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

William Hendrie Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: 6 Clydebank Waterfront Political Party: S N P

 

Alastair Whitelaw Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Drumchapel/Anniesland Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “Than you for your letter summarising the issues. Dementia support, along with all other aspects of our care structure, must be a priority for a civilised society.”

 

Andrew Coventry Local Authority: Midlothian Ward: Ward 4 Political Party: SNP Comment: “I fully support the work of Alzheimer Scotland and pledge to help in any way that I can.”

 

Geva Blackett Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Aboyne Upper Deeside & Donside Political Party: SNP

 

Will Searle Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart Political Party: Scottish Conservatives

 

Kevin Paterson Local Authority: Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar) Ward: Stornoway North Political Party: Labour Party Comment: “I pledge to keep Scotland at the forefront of Dementia research and support whether I am elected or not. I pledge to fight to protect services and support for dementia sufferers and their families.”

 

William Campbell Local Authority: Fife Ward: Dunfermline North Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “I am particularly happy to endorse your work. A very close friend’s mother died recently following a spell during which she had tremendous support from your organisation. I am therefore well aware of the marvellous work you do.”

 

Scott Gallacher Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Kilwinning Political Party: Conservative and Unionist

 

Councillor Jim Brooks Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 10 Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “I have supported this organisation for as long as it has been in existence.”

 

Douglas McAllister Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Kilpatrick Political Party: labour

 

James Miller Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: 4 Political Party: All Scotland Pensioners Party Comment: “Will be more than pleased to pledge to make Alzheimer and Dementia one of my main concerns”

 

Carolyn caddick Local Authority: Highland Ward: 20 Political Party: Lib Dem

 

Adam Smith Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: Abronhill Kildrum and The Village Political Party: Independent Comment: “Very informative letter received from Alzheimer Scotland today stating “on average there are 238 people with dementia living in each council ward plus the family, carers, and friends of each person living with the illness”. I pledge my support to Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Manifesto, and I urge North Lanarkshire Council to make dementia-specific care a priority in Cumbernauld.”

 

Carol Granere Local Authority: Orkney Islands Ward: West Mainland Political Party: Independent

 

Nick Noble Local Authority: Highland Ward: Thurso Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrat Comment: “Having seen the impact that dementia has on individuals and families I am very happy to pledge myself to do all I can to work with all interested parties to alleviate the suffering caused by this dreadful condition. I am committed to working with individuals and groups to ensure that high quality care is delivered to all those that need it in Thurso and throughout the Highlands.”

 

Myra Carus Local Authority: Highland Ward: 10 Black Isle Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “As there is no Day Care Centre on the Black Isle at present, I would be looking to source funding from the Council or other relevant body to provide Day Care on the Black Isle”

 

Lynn Adams Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Hamilton North & East Political Party: SNP Comment: “Happy to support”

 

Nigel Bagshaw Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Inverleith Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “Very happy to support you.”

 

Gerry Local Authority: Orkney Islands Ward: Kirkwall East Political Party: Independent Comment: “Thank you for your correspondence highlighting dementia, I know people with dementia and the devastating effect it has, not only with them but also their families. The government will have to respond to the challenge especially in light of what you say about the number of sufferers are set to double in the next generation, we can’t afford not to act as soon as possible and you have my full support.

Gerry McGuinness”

 

Dave Meechan Local Authority: East Ayrshire Ward: Kilmarnock West & Crosshouse Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “Dementia has touched my family and broken our hearts as we watched loved ones succumb to this illness. I am committed to defeating this illness once and for all!”

 

Fraser Macpherson Local Authority: Dundee Ward: West End Political Party: Liberal Democrats

 

Anne Marie Millar Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Southside Central Ward 8 Political Party: Independent Comment: “Im delighted to see cross-party support on this issue and I pledge if re-elected I will work with all parties to raise awareness and support families who are having to live with dementia and to ensure that they are treated with both dignity and respect.”

 

Malcolm Bell Local Authority: Shetland Islands Ward: Lerwick North and Bressay Political Party: Independent Candidate Comment: “I fully support the work of the charity and am happy to make this pledge. I have made protection of services for the elderly and vulnerable as well as support for Carer’s, a priority in my election material. I will carry this forward should I be elected.”

 

Ruth Hogg Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 4 – Abronhill Political Party: Kildrum and the Village

 

Donald Reid Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Kilwinning Political Party: Scottish Labour

 

karen marjoram Local Authority: Fife Ward: Cupar Political Party: Snp Comment: “Dementia is a condition that affects a third of us directly, and at least the same amount indirectly. I feel strongly that support for this condition should be there when people need it.”

 

David Dawson Local Authority: Orkney Islands Ward: Kirkwall West and Orphir Political Party: Independent Candidate Comment: “I strongly support your work. One of my campaign issues is increased provision for long-term residential and respite care in Orkney. Presently, carers for family members suffering dementia receive limited respite care. One family I know personally managed a week in early January, the next opportunity being another week in late May. Orkney’s existing care facilities are stretched to capacity and with a growing ageing opoulation we are sitting on a very unfortunate time bomb.”

 

Denise Morton Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Irvine East Political Party: Scottish Socialist Party Comment: “I do support the manifesto of Alzheimer Scotland. Along with my party, I oppose all cuts to local services. As a society we need to protect, support and develop services for our most vulnerable people,their carers and family members. There’s already too much heartbreak in this world. National governments and Local Authorities have to be more pro active.”

 

Graham Russell Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: Airdrie Central 8 Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “I have personal experience of dementia, I cared for my mother for 7 years with increasing dementia she died at the age of 90 years.”

 

Linda Hendry Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Drumbrae/Gyle Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

A.W. Inglis Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: hillhead Political Party: conservative

 

Alistair Local Authority: Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar) Ward: An Taobh Siar agus Nis Political Party: Independent

 

Ricky Henderson Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Pentland Hills Political Party: Labour

 

Don Smith Local Authority: Highland Ward: Thurso Political Party: SNP Comment: “I have personal experience of this disease within my own family and am all too aware of the feeling of isolation that family carers feel through funding starvation of services.”

 

Murray Duncan Local Authority: Perth and Kinross Ward: Perth City South Political Party: SNP Comment: “I had only a passing awareness of dementia some two months ago until I was contacted by a constituent. Since then, I have become much more aware of the issues for sufferers and their carers. I have little personal experience of the illness but do have some experience of another degenerative disease, MS.

While my own interests lie in the areas of Lifelong Learning and Enterprise and Infrastructure, I will, if elected, be pleased to promote the principles and policies in your Manifesto.”

 

andrew.wood Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: 8 Political Party: SNP Comment: “Aim to create a fair and caring society, protecting the vulnerable.”

 

Gerry Boyle Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 21 Political Party: S N P Comment: “A horrible disease that has affected some of my family”

 

David Jago Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Southside Central Political Party: Liberal Democrat Comment: “One important aspect of this petition is to draw attention to the essential role played by unregistered, unpaid carers in our society, and the need to provide proper respite for them.”

 

Gill Smee Local Authority: Orkney Islands Ward: East Mainland Political Party: South Ronaldsay & Burray Comment: “I have identified protecting and improving services for older people and people with disabilities as one of my top priorities. As part of this broader agenda I’m committed to highlight the specific issue of dementia care, and am happy to sign up to promoting Alzehimer Scotland’s manifesto within my ward and the Council. We need better early diagnosis and more consistent and reliable support for people with dementia and their families through the progress of this illness – it’s been a big part of my own family life for some time now, and the lives of very many people here in Orkney.”

 

Emma Gillan Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Newlands/ Auldburn Political Party: Scottish Labour

 

Judith Fisher Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Drumchapel/Anniesland Political Party: Scottish Labour Party

 

Richard Perry Local Authority: Fife Ward: Ward 10 Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “We must support individuals who suffer dementia and their carers/relatives.”

 

willie gibson Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: 4 Political Party: SNP Comment: “I looked after my mother for 8 years while she was suffering from dementia ,so I am very much aware of the importance of this issue.”

 

John Easdale Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Irvine East – Ward 2 Political Party: LABOUR Comment: “Having experienced the impact on Families when a Parent suffers from Alzheimer, I fully support your Manifesto”

 

Russell Taylor Local Authority: Highland Ward: Ward 1 Political Party: ALL SCOTLAND PENSIONERS PARTY Comment: “I am closely involved with Migdale Hospital. There is a secure unit for psychiatric patients. The Hospital is brand new after 15years of an action group of which I was a member.”

 

Kate Stephen Local Authority: Highland Ward: 18 Political Party: Lib Dem Comment: “I am especially interested in rural services for people with dementia and their carers. I am also interested in the potential to incorporate nature and the outdoors in supporting people with dementia, both for those who have been used to spending time outdoors throughout their lives and to provide cues to season, time and place.”

 

Altany Craik Local Authority: Fife Ward: Glenrothes West & kinglassie Political Party: Labour Comment: “Families living with a dementia sufferer need our support and with support their lives can be improved immensely. Dementia is an illness that needs research and investment and is not an inevitable function of age. We need to look at how support services can be built into health provision and how we can provide respite for those bearing a heavy burden in delivering care. We need to support this now until medical research can deliver the improvements needed. Dementia should not be ignored in our communities.”

 

Finlay Archibald Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 5 – Govan Political Party: Pirate Party

 

Ruth Maguire Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Irvine West Political Party: SNP Comment: “Happy to pledge my support to people with dementia, their families and carers.”

 

Gordon Clark Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Ward 12 Rutherglen Central & North Political Party: SNP Comment: “I am pleased to support the manifesto commitments of Alzheimer Scotland”

 

Councillor William Hogg Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 5 Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “Better local support and higher standards in care homes for dementia sufferers is needed.”

 

Bill Connor Local Authority: Fife Ward: Tay Bridgehead Political Party: SNP

 

Mark Macmillan Local Authority: Renfrewshire Ward: Paisley South West Political Party: Labour

 

Gavin Barrie Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Inverleith Political Party: SNP Comment: “Already dealing with this personally on a daily basis and already understand the need for priority.”

 

Stefan Tymkewycz Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Craigentinny/Duddingston Political Party: SNP Comment: “Dementia is a terrible illness for all those that suffer from it and equally sad for their families and carers.”

 

peter patrick glancy campbell Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: ward 6 Political Party: independent Comment: “our scottish goverment is closing the door after the horse is bolted? they do not know how many are suffering dementia, my wife is still on a waiting list for day center ? i have treated her with eletro medicine therapy brain tuner , and she seems to be responding ? china is now leading the world in this field , why not scotland when it was the late dr margret paterson from fife and www.bobbeck.com who first pioneered this god givem health wonder? god speed quantum medics to scotland and the nation ?”

 

Mark Ruskell Local Authority: Stirling Ward: Dunblane & Bridge of Allan Political Party: Scottosh Green Party

 

marie garrity Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 20 baillieston Political Party: labour Comment: “Have been nursing in nhs for 37yrs.Committed to defeating dementia.Have nursed two family members with condition.Carers need support to face the many challenges associated with caring for a dementia sufferer.”

 

Steven Brown Local Authority: East Lothian Ward: Preston Political Party: Seton

 

Gina Ford Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: 6 Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

Frank Young Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Linn Political Party: SACC Comment: “Dementia has become a major problem in Scotland. If Elected I pledge to make it a priority that people suffering from dementia recive the best posssible care.”

 

Michael Breslin Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Ward 7 Dunoon Political Party: SNP Comment: “Dementia of whatever coause is a terrible illness and we have to find ways of increasing the resources to ensure we look after every sufferer as well as we possibly can. I will endeavour to do this.”

 

Gavin Corbett Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Fountainbridge-Craiglockhart Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

John Shaw Local Authority: Renfrewshire Ward: 1 Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “Delighted to support this important organisation.”

 

Audrey Dunsmore Local Authority: Fife Ward: Rosyth & North Queensferry Political Party: Lib Dem Comment: “I strongly believe it is extremely essential to support people suffering from Dementia,their families and carers. If elected I will use my position to work with NHS and voluntary sector colleagues locally to ensure that we offer the best possible services.”

 

George Ryan Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 19 Political Party: Labour Comment: “You have my full support”

 

Ken MacLeod Local Authority: Highland Ward: Millburn Political Party: Liberal democrats

 

Daniel Juett Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: Bridge of Don Political Party: Scottish Green Party

 

fraser forsyth Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: Midstocket / Rosemount Political Party: Conservative and Unionist

 

Micheal Park Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: Tillydrone Seaton and Old Aberdeen Political Party: SNP Comment: “I would like to give my support to your great organisation providing support to people . I will do all I can to support the families in the community I hope to represent and Alzheimer Scotland.”

 

brian brown Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 16 canal Political Party: scottish unionist party

 

Colin Chalmers Local Authority: Falkirk Ward: Falkirk South Political Party: Scottish National Party

 

Patrick McAleer Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 6 – Pollokshields Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “Very glad to support this campaign!”

 

Charlie Ross Local Authority: Fife Ward: Ward 1 West Fife & Coastal Villages Political Party: All Scotland Pensioners\\’ Party

 

Cara Hilton Local Authority: Fife Ward: Dunfermline south Political Party: Scottish Labour

 

Jim Gallagher Local Authority: Fife Ward: Dunfermline Central Political Party: Independent Comment: “An often overlooked issue that desperately needs our attention. One in three die with the condition meaning this touches almost everyone at some point. I’d want the best care for my loved ones and am sure you would too! @dunfermlinejim”

 

Ian Beattie Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Greater Pollok Political Party: Scottish Socialist Party Comment: “I am becoming increasingly concerned about the support for dementia sufferers and their carers with the City Council’s decision to cut 20% from the budget for support for carers and their relatives”

 

Nick Gardner Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Leith Walk Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “As a volunteer advocate (in the Mental Health field,) I am sympathetic to the service user focus of much of your manifesto. As a 51 year old man with aging friends and relatives, I am sensitive to age related conditions. As a candidate going door to door, I am aware of the number of vulnerable elderly people in my ward”

 

David Alston Local Authority: Highland Ward: Black Isle Political Party: Highland Lib Dems Comment: “I am aware of the importance of this issue, not least because my mother has suffered from dementia for over 10 years.”

 

Bex Holmes Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “Firstly, I would like to thank Alzheimer Scotland for bringing to my attention in writing (11 April) their current manifesto for the local elections in Scotland.

Given the findings of Stevenson (2011), in which successive legislation changes have lead to higher rates and longer periods of detention for elderly patients with mental health disorders as well as the projected increase in the proportion of the population affected by dementia (Armstrong & Bryne, 2011), I agree with Alzheimer Scotland that the effectiveness of current provisions need to be addressed. In addition future provisions will need to meet this projected increase in the demand of palliative care. It will be the role of local government to ensure resources are allocated fairly and effectively.

As a Scottish Green Party candidate I support Alzheimer Scotland’s concern for making dementia one of many priorities for Aberdeen City Council. The Scottish Green Party wants to see the Council working in partnership to build successful and sustainable communities across the City. We want the Council to provide the best possible social work and other services to meet the needs of vulnerable groups and individuals, such as those highlighted by Alzheimer Scotland.

There are a range of measures which will need to be employed by the council in order to ensure the effective use of unfortunately limited resources; such as a review and consequent improvement in staff education resources and improved communication between staff and those in local government. van de Ven et al. (2012) demonstrates how novel tools can also be useful in identifying key areas of resource allocation such as dementia-care mapping. An adaptive strategy will be fundamental in meeting the challenges faced by our community in the future therefore I welcome the use of such tools to help indicate how and where resources can be used most effectively.

As part of the Scottish Greens overall health strategy I welcome the inclusion of the valid points raised by Alzheimer Scotland.

Kind regards,

Bex Holmes Scottish Green Party candidate for Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee, Aberdeen City

——- Armstrong, D. and Byrne, G. (2011) Improving person-centred care in dementia, available (online) http://www.nursingtimes.net/5037978.article

Stevenson, G. (2011) Civil detentions of older adults under successive Scottish mental health legislation: a comparative analysis, International Psychogeriatrics, 23(8): 1344-53; available (online) http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8364204

van de Ven et al. (2012) Improving person-centred care in nursing homes through dementia-care mapping: design of a cluster-randomised controlled trial, BMC Geriatrics, 12:1, available (online) http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/12/1″

 

Chris Harley Local Authority: Falkirk Ward: Bonnybridge & Larbert Political Party: Independent Comment: “Help Elect a Local Champion. Vote Chris Harley. @May3Vote_Harley”

 

Joyce Drummond Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 4 Govan Political Party: Solidarity Comment: “Having worked as a Qualified nurse in Elderly Care for almost 20 years I offer my support wholeheartedly. As an anticuts candidate I plan, if elected, to fight all cuts to services and to argue for resources to be added where necessary.I beleieve that every citizen of Scotland should be entitled to live their lives with dignity.Carers are our unsung heroes and deserve all the support and resources they need.”

 

Deirdre Henderson Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: South Kintyre Political Party: Independent Comment: “As a freelance Community Development Worker I endorse the need to not only protect the support for the most vulnerable in our society but also their inclusion in community life.”

 

Ronnie Gurr Local Authority: East Lothian Ward: North Berwick Coastal Political Party: SNP Comment: “The value of any socially just society or community can be assessed by how we treat oUr young, our elderly and those in need. If I am elected, I will push for council officials to work closely with Alzheimer Scotland to strategically implement your manifesto points and embed them in future policy implementation. Those living with, caring for and working to defeat this illness have my profound respect and admiration. I am therefore happy to pledge my support.”

 

Tom Begg Local Authority: Renfrewshire Ward: Political Party:

 

bill Brown Local Authority: Renfrewshire Ward: 1 Political Party: Labour Comment: “Personal involvement, mother in care. Have helped establish the ” friends of Craigielea ” for fundraising and meeting of residents representatives and care home.”

 

Douglas Campbell Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Clydebank Central Political Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist

 

Simon Mountford Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Kelso & District Political Party: Scottish Conservative Comment: “My mother-in-law suffered from dementia so I am aware of the impact this has not just on the sufferer but also on the other members of the family.”

 

Nicola Ross Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Leith Political Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist

 

Linda Gow Local Authority: Falkirk Ward: Bonnybridge and Larbert Political Party: Labour Comment: “Like many people this affects my family as well as my constituents, I will certainly make the care of those with dementia a priority”

 

May Anderson Local Authority: East Ayrshire Ward: Ward 6 Political Party: Independent Comment: “More support for families who have a relative suffering from dementia – eg better respite available”

 

Gordon Murdie Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: 15 Political Party: Independent Comment: “Having witnessed dementia at first hand, I have no hesitation in promising my unswerving support for all that you do.”

 

Gordan Low Local Authority: East Dunbartonshire Ward: Bishopbriggs South Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “Happy to confirm support for Alzheimer Scotland’s manifesto and for the work that the organisation is doing in raising awareness of the needs of people with dementia, their families and carers, and in ensuring that local authorities and councillors do all we can to make dementia a local priority.”

 

Bob Chicken Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Kintyre and the Islands Political Party: Scottiah Labour Comment: “My work with vulnerable adults has made me aware of the remarkable job that Alzheimer’s Scotland do. I fully support their manifest.”

 

Mark Smith Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 11 Political Party: SNP Comment: “Should I be fortunate to be elected, I pledge to do my utmost in supporting this cause by making it a priority.”

 

Nathan Morrison Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: George Street/Harbour Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “Concrete action needs to be taken by local authorities to provide support to those suffering from Dementia NOW.

As council candidates we have a duty to respect and support our citizens and fight for their well being at every turn. I would like to thank Alzheimer Scotland for sending this letter out to candidates.

I’m overjoyed to see so many candidates from different political colours and persuasions standing up and saying that they will support these vulnerable people and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

 

Rachel Shanks Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “I have several friends who are helping to look after a parent with dementia so I know the problems they face in getting the care the dementia sufferer needs and also the help their spouse needs too.”

 

Suzanne Kelly Local Authority: Aberdeen Ward: Torry/Ferryhill Political Party: Independent Comment: “Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are not a problem to worry about in the future – they are issues which we need to tackle now. I have done volunteer work with older members of my community. I have read with alarm of the 37 year-old woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimers. Mostly though I have been writing about and highlighting the plight of our dementia sufferers in inadequate (sometimes outright dangerous or abusive) residential homes. I will continue to help tackle these issues, and I was glad that Alzheimer Scotland got in touch with me. Yours sincerely Suzanne Kelly”

 

Gerry McGarvey Local Authority: Stirling Ward: Trossachs & Teith Political Party: Scottish Labour & Co-operative Comment: “I am very happy to see so many candidates regardless of their political affiliations signing-up and committing themselves to support those living with dementia and their families and carers should they be elected.

I would hope that they would commit regardless! I am happy to add my name and pledge my commitment.

Well done Alzheimer Scotland for raising awareness of this very important issue and holding those seeking election to account should they prove to be tardy.”

 

Janet Moxley Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: 3 Clydesdale East Political Party: Scottish Green Party Comment: “A member of my family has recently been diagnosed with the onset of dementia, and this has made me more aware than ever of the need for high quality services for people with this condition.”

 

Maureen Child Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Portobello/Craigmillar Political Party: Scottish Labour Party

 

Jim Reyner Local Authority: Shetland Islands Ward: Shetland North Political Party: Independent Comment: “My policies are based on my belief that we have a common duty to take care of each other, particularly those in our community who are vulnerable or challenged in any way.”

 

Jack Johnston Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: east berwickshire Political Party: independent

 

Harry Cartmill Local Authority: West Lothian Ward: Bathgate Political Party: Labour Comment: “Please include me as a supporter of Alzheimer Scotland. If elected I will work and campaign alongside you.”

 

Peter Smyth Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Ellon & Disctrict Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “As someone who deals with benefits day in day out as part of my job I see the growth in the number of people who are having to deal with Dementia on a day to day basis and that is why i am proud to sign up to making supporting those with dementia and their families and carers a priority.”

 

John McNamee Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Blantyre Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “Congratulations Alzheimer Scotland for raising awareness of this very important issue.”

 

Robin Tatler Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Tweeddale East Political Party: Scottish Labour & Co-operative

 

Una Walker Local Authority: East Dunbartonshire Ward: Bishopbriggs Nth and Torrance Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “Very aware of issues from family background and still dealing with an in-law who has dementia. I am a member of E.D. Socialwork Committee and have discussed reports from officers who deal with residents with this problem.”

 

Councillor David McBride Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Dumbarton Political Party: Labour

 

Richard Humphrey Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Helensburgh Central Political Party: Independent

 

Alison Evison Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: North Kincardine Political Party: Scottish Labour

 

Lesley Stein Local Authority: Stirling Ward: 7 Bannockburn Political Party: Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

 

Patricia Oddie Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: 10 Political Party: Scottish Conservative & Unionist Comment: “I have previously worked on the Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia Helpline after I nursed my mother at home it was a 24/7 commitment and does require specialist care. Not everyone can nurse their loved ones at home and I want to ensure there is respect for suffers which makes them one of the most vulnerable people in our society and support for carers is essential. I will be delighted to make this pledge.”

 

Ron Smith Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Hawick & Hermitage Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats Comment: “I am fully supportive of the work of Alzheimer Scotland.”

 

Kenryck Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: East Berwickshire Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “very happy to support this campaign – as we must address the ageing population demographics and strat now to meet future demand”

 

Iain Dick Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Stranraer and North Rhins Political Party: Scottish National Party

 

Alec Oattes Local Authority: South Ayrshire Ward: Girvan and South Carrick Political Party: S.N.P. Comment: “I already support Alzheimer Scotland through a monthly donation,and have experience of the condition in the family”

 

Iris Walker Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Westhill and District Political Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats Comment: “I am happy to support any initiative that gives our senior residents and their carers all the support they deserve.”

 

Oluf Marshall Local Authority: East Lothian Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir Political Party: UK Independence Party (UKIP) Comment: “I had a Grandparant who died from dementia. It is sad to see someone who was once so full of happiness and kindness go down the road of dementia. It is something that needs to be made a priority”

 

Margaret Stevenson Local Authority: West Lothian Ward: Political Party:

 

Neil Murray Local Authority: East Ayrshire Ward: Ballochmyle Political Party: Scottish Labour

 

Alan Duffill Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Troup Political Party: Scottish Labour

 

Michael Grieve Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Hawick and Denholm Political Party: Scottish Labour and Co-operative Comment: “Having grown up with my Gran suffering from Dementia I am well aware of the need for this to be given priority and as a carer my self I know the need for help for Carers”

 

Douglas Murray Local Authority: Angus Ward: Edzell & Brechin Political Party: Independent

 

JEREMY FINDLAY Local Authority: East Lothian Ward: NORTH BERWICK COASTAL Political Party: INDEPENDENT Comment: “Having seen my wife care for her aged aunt for the last 5 years I can appreciate to problems involved with this terrible condition. Although she is now in a nursing home I recognise that a great deal more has to be done in the community to ensure that these numerable people get the right kind of care. you can be sure of my support should I get elected”

 

Tommy Jacques Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Dee Political Party: SNP

 

Neil MacIntyre Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Oban South and the Isles. Political Party: Comment: “Independent”

 

Cllr. David Watson Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: 9 – East Kilbride West Political Party: Scottish National Party (SNP)

 

James McClung Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Wigtown West Political Party: SNP

 

Steve Sankey Local Authority: Stirling Ward: Castle Political Party: Independent

 

Lynne Devine Local Authority: Angus Ward: Forfar & District Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “Dementia is certainly an increasing problem and will need everyone’s support and dedication in the years to come. Some excellent work is already being done locally and I promise to do all I can to support Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy.”

 

Jim Bollan Local Authority: West Dunbartonshire Ward: Leven Political Party: Scottish Socialist Party Comment: “I will do what I can to raise the issue of Dementia via the CHCP locally.”

 

Catherine McClymont Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Clydesdale North Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “Would be keen if elected to ensure that South Lanarkshire Council are doing all they can for sufferers of this terrible illness.”

 

Mike Robbins Local Authority: Stirling Ward: Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “I have a relative and a good friend suffering from this illness and fully support Alzheimer Scotland in their campaign to improve services for sufferers and carers”

 

Kirsten Robb Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: East Kilbride Central North Political Party: Scottish Greens Comment: “Great work done by our local dementia support groups. If elected I’ll come for a visit and find out more.”

 

Graham Williamson Local Authority: East Renfrewshire Ward: Neilston Political Party: Uplawmoor and Newton Mearns North Comment: “I will always support any campaign which improves the quality of life of any resident and their families.”

 

Duncan McFarlane Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Clydesdale West Political Party: None (Independent) Comment: “Definitely support this. Some of my relatives suffered from it (though not in South Lanarkshire) and the effect on them and their families was very hard to see. They also should have had much better care than they got, so i support anything that can make this less hard on sufferers and their families.”

 

John Mitchell Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Galashiels and District Political Party: Scottish National Party

 

Stephen Massey Local Authority: Dundee Ward: North East Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “I pledge my support to this campaign”

 

Keith Small Local Authority: East Dunbartonshire Ward: Bearsden South Political Party: Scottish National Party (SNP) Comment: “I recognise the scale of the problem we face as individuals and communities. With an ageing population in this area we must all work to ensure the National Dementia Strategy is successful.”

 

Stephen Massey Local Authority: Dundee Ward: North East Political Party: La

 

Grace McCarthy Local Authority: East Renfrewshire Ward: 1 Political Party: Scottish Greens

 

Bill White Local Authority: Scottish Borders Ward: Galashiels Political Party: Independent Comment: “Having had recent experience dealing with my late mother in law I beleive a society should be judged on how we look after our elderly and people in the community that cannot look after themselves.This is already high on my agenda.”

 

Andy Ferguson Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: North West Dumfries Political Party: SNP

 

Andy Ferguson Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: North West Dumfries Political Party: SNP

 

Stephen Thompson Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Annandale North Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “This is an issue that goes beyond politics and should be supported by default as it affects so many individuals, families and those who care for them.”

 

Rob Davidson Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Abbey Political Party: SNP

 

Doug Snell Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Mid Galloway Political Party: Scottish National Party

 

Irene Oldfather Local Authority: North Ayrshire Ward: Irvine East Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “I am delighted to be assoicaited with Alzheimer Scotland campaign. People with Dementia and their Carers deserve the best posssible care and support and I pledge that no stone will go unturned in pursuit of making lives easier for people with dementia and their carers in my ward. Best wishes. Irene.”

 

Rita Miller Local Authority: South Ayrshire Ward: Ayr North Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “Having had experience of caring for a family member with dementia, I am fully aware of the need for high quality locally based services.”

 

John Orica MacDonald Local Authority: Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar) Ward: Sgire an Rubha ward 5 Political Party: Scottish National Party SNP

 

Neil Campbell Local Authority: Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar) Ward: Stornoway North 07 Political Party: Independent Comment: “Having a 90 year old father who has suffered over the last 10 years the onset to full blow loss of memory awareness and associated withdrawal and self respect I fully endorse the cause to bring hope to my generation and those to come. As a sharing carer with my brother we care as best we can, we both have full time careers and are Councillors.”

 

Ashara Taylor Local Authority: Aberdeenshire Ward: Fraserburgh and District Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “Like many, I have personal experience of people with dementia, and it is a debilitating and terrifying illness. The challenges it presents are manifold, and they need to be tackled on many fronts.”

 

Brian Collins Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Castle Douglas and Glenkens Political Party: SNP Comment: “Having had a family member who suffered, with the family,this dreadfull illness. I have no hesitation in commiting my whole hearted support in this campaign both now and for the future.”

 

Ian Cochrane Local Authority: South Ayrshire Ward: 2 – Prestwick Political Party: SNP

 

Chris Dixon Local Authority: Clackmannanshire Ward: North Political Party: Scottish Conservative

 

Christopher McEleny Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: 5 Political Party: SNP Comment: “A charity I’ve firmly supported for over 10 years.”

 

Marsali Caig Local Authority: Dumfries and Galloway Ward: Dee Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “Making sure that we support people with dementia and their families is vital. If elected I will use my position to lobby for all we can do, and to work with NHS and voluntary sector colleagues locally to ensure that we offer the best possible services. Dementia is one of those issues that transcends politics and where the person with the disease and their families have to take centre stage. You can totally count on my support.”

 

Monica Lennon Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Hamilton North and East Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “You can count on my support. Happy to meet and engage with you locally before 3 May and of course, afterwards if elected.”

 

Colin McGavigan Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Clydesdale South Political Party: Conservative Comment: “Like many families in Scotland I have close family members fighting the system on behalf of other relatives. A system that often just doesn’t seem to get it. Alzheimer Scotland is a wonderful organisation deserving of all our support because we all need help fighting battles sometime and none of us know when we might need their help.”

 

Davie McLachlan Local Authority: South Lanarkshire Ward: Ward 17 Hamilton North & East Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “We always think it will never happen to us but when a family member if affected you realise how much you depend on the assistance of you local authority. Special people doing a special job.”

 

Robert Burns Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: 2 Political Party: liberal Democrat Comment: “Dementia is a condition which is going to increase due to longer life expectancy increased spending is required.”

 

Ashley Baird Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 7 Airdrie North Political Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Comment: “Alzheimers and Dementia are issues very close to my heart, with family members currently battling both.”

 

Lindsay Paterson Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Almond Political Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist

 

Ronnie Ahlfeld Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Gourock 5 Political Party: Independent Comment: “Fully support the outstanding work of Dementia Scotland”

 

Jim Clocherty Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Inverclyde North 3 Political Party: Labour Party Comment: “Happy to support the pledges in our manefesto on dementia”

 

Paul O\’Kane Local Authority: East Renfrewshire Ward: Neilston Political Party: Uplawmoor and Newton Mearns North Comment: “I believe that we must act locally in order to support people with dementia, their carers and families. I know the vital and life changing work that can be achieved through befriending, support groups and information services. I want to support the work of organisations like Alzheimer Scotland as much as possible if elected.”

 

michael Mc Cormick Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: 2 Political Party: labour

 

Martin Brennan Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Ward 3 Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “I have seen the effects of this illness not only on the patient but also on family and carers. To some extent dementia is the elephant in the room. So, it is vital that we support and recognise Alzheimer Scotland’s mission.”

 

Terry Loughran Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: 5 Political Party: labour Comment: “Growing old is inevitable, respect and care in our society should be the right of all.”

 

Gerry Dorrian Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: 6 Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “If elected I would support all actions to make Inverclyde a Dementia Friendly society”

 

Colin Jackson Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: 6 Political Party: scottish labour

 

James McColgan Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Inverclyde East Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “If elected I pledge to work hard to make Inverclyde a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ as stated in the Inverclyde Labour Party 2012 Election Manifesto. This will build on the achievements made by the Labour- led administration over the last five years and help raise awareness across our communities.”

 

Robert Moran Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: 2 Political Party: Labour Comment: “happy to support”

 

Vaughan Jones Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Inverclyde South Political Party: Scottish Labour Comment: “If elected, I will work very hard within my ward and with my fellow councillors to “continue to improve services for people with dementia in order to better meet their needs and work to remove the stigma that surrounds dementia by making Inverclyde a Dementia Friendly Community” as stated in the Inverclyde Labour Party 2012 Election Manifesto.”

 

Stephen McCabe Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Inverclyde East Political Party: Scottish Labour Party Comment: “In our manifesto – ‘Putting Inverclyde First’ – we pledge to make Inverclyde a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’, building on the good work of the Labour-led council during the last five years.”

 

Councillor Joe McIlwee Local Authority: Inverclyde Ward: Inverclyde South Ward 4 Political Party: Labour Comment: “I have already given a verbal pledge that the dementia strategy is high on my agenda and that i will work to increase awareness in the community and give as much help as i can.”

 

Richard Trail Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: 11 Political Party: SNP Comment: “I support the Scottish governments efforts to improve the health of our people”

 

Grant Dunn Local Authority: Perth and Kinross Ward: 8 Political Party: Lib Dem

 

Lee Williams Local Authority: North Lanarkshire Ward: 15 Political Party: Snp Comment: “Dementia needs to be a priority for care and more help to suffers eg more financial support and facilities locally”

 

alison white Local Authority: Edinburgh City Ward: Sighthill/Gorgie Political Party:

 

Susan Aitken Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Langside Political Party: SNP Comment: “Alzheimer Scotland has provided excellent care services for members of my family. All dementia succeeded should be able to receive such sensitive personalised care.”

 

Fraser Paterson Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: 18 – East Centre Political Party: Glasgow First Comment: “As a people first candidate, I believe dementia and awareness of dementia is something that should be tackled by people of all parties.”

 

Mary-Jean Devon Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: Oban south and the isles Political Party: SNP Comment: “Have and will always support this very worthwhile and needed service.”

 

James Robb Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: 10 Political Party: SNP Comment: “I am pleased to support this Scottish Government initiative at a local and a national level. It is great to see cross party support for this and recognition for the carers and support staff.”

 

Vivien Dance Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: 10 Political Party: Independent Comment: “I was instrumental in bringing Alzheimer Scotland to Helensburgh and then the wider Argyll and Bute a few years and will continue to support this excellent and much needed service.”

 

Anne Horn Local Authority: Argyll and Bute Ward: (2) Kintyre and the Islands Political Party: Scottish National Party Comment: “I pledge to work to bring about respect, dignity and equality for people living with dementia”

 

Christine Beaton Local Authority: Angus Ward: Political Party:

 

David McDonald Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Greater Pollok Political Party: SNP Comment: “I’ve worked with Alzheimer’s Scotland and other support groups to raise awareness of dementia in the past, including moving a motion at Glasgow City Council signing up to the Charter for people with dementia and their carers.”

 

Caron Hughes Local Authority: Fife Ward: The Lochs Political Party: The Labour Party

 

Maureen McKillop Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Nwqlands Political Party: labour

 

Kasim Ali Local Authority: Glasgow City Ward: Political Party:

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