DESIGNS FOR LIFE: Making your home last a lifetime

    Home, as the saying goes, is much more than bricks and mortar;  it’s where we (usually) feel safe, in control and surrounded by the people and things we care about. Home is a place, a feeling, it’s who we are and who we’ve been.   Over our lifetime, we create and re-create our […]


Carers Week starts today, a time to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to all carers, no matter what age you are, who you care for and support, where you live or how much time it takes. Every act of caring matters and makes the world a better place, there are no league tables or competitions […]

Tackling social isolation:  living  (not existing) with dementia in East Lothian

The Scottish Government has been consulting on a Social Isolation Strategy for  Scotland, possibly the first in the world.  Link to Strategy. Feeling we belong, that we’re part of something more than just us is an important part of being human – we need to feel connected. That means different things to different people but it’s […]

Building Dementia Friendly Communities: Assets Based Community Development

    We’re not called Dementia Friendly East Lothian for nothing! Getting a diagnosis of dementia changes lives, but people still want to continue with their normal daily life as long as possible. It’s those simple daily routines that make life sweet – the daily walk to the shops, meeting friends, having a cuppa and […]

From Stornoway to Port Seton: Getting creative at Cockenzie House

    DFEL was delighted to welcome Paula Brown from Arora, A Dementia Friendly Community based at An Lanntair Arts Centre on the Isle of Lewis. Paula kindly agreed to run a workshop. Lorna Bunney, coordinator of Dunbar Carers Support Group organised the day which was held at Cockenzie House and Gardens, Port Seton. The […]

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

  Dementia Awareness Week runs from 29th May to 4th June. It’s a chance to focus on Dementia, what it is, how it affects people and what we can do about it.  This year there are events happening across East Lothian.   We started with the launch of Dementia Friendly Pencaitland at the Pencaitland Primary […]

Playlist for Life in East Lothian

  Playlist for life is a great project with the vision that everyone affected by dementia can have a playlist of the songs that capture the most important people, places and memories of their lives. It was set up by Sally Magnusson a few years ago and has become much loved by many of us […]