Dementia support in East Lothian

People with dementia have told us they want to remain as independent as possible and to enjoy daily life, activities and connections. image of two ladies standing next to a banner sign saying 'Welcome to the Musselburgh Meeting Centre'


The following help is available for people with dementia and their carers:

Community support

Social and community supports help people with dementia to remain healthy, active and engaged.  In East Lothian we have a range of group and 1:1 support services available.  Volunteer Centre East Lothian (link to VCEL) hold a community directory and their locality workers can help advise what may be suitable in your area.  Libraries are also a good source of local services.

Friendship groups

Run by Dementia Friendly East Lothian, the Friendship Groups offer peer support and chance to be part of a social group.  Groups take part in activities for people with dementia and offer support to carers, family members and friends. 

Find our more about Friendship Groups

Dementia Friendly East Lothian website

Dementia cafes 

D'Cafes, run by Alzheimer’s Scotland, are for people living with dementia and their families. They offer an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, to make connections and develop friendships, and to support and learn from one another as well as Alzheimer Scotland staff and volunteers.

The first half hour is spent together, as a whole group, taking refreshments and getting to know each other. Following that people split into an activities group and a facilitated carer support group for the remaining hour.

D’cafes run monthly and are currently available in Musselburgh, Tranent and Dunbar.

Contact Alzheimer Scotland for more information  

Find support near you | Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland: East Lothian Services (PDF)

Meeting centres

Meeting Centres offer more enhanced support to people with dementia and their carers.  They offer:

  • A social club where people meet to have fun, talk to others and get help.
  • Help people with dementia to adjust to their diagnosis and understand how to manage symptoms. 
  • Offer signposting to other resources and services
  • Are mainly led by people with dementia and their carers
  • Are best suited to people with mild to moderate dementia. 

The first meeting centre in East Lothian opened its doors in April 2023 and is in Musselburgh. Planning for development of ‘satellite’ centres throughout East Lothian is underway.

Contact East Lothian Meeting Centre 

Day centres

Day Centres offer support for people with more advanced dementia and mobility problems and can also provide help with personal care.   They offer:

  • Companionship, stimulation and a range of activities. 
  • Carers a chance to take time for themselves away from caring responsibilities
  • Activities within the day centre
  • Activities within the community on an outreach basis to provide flexible support

Find your local centre:

East Lothian Day Centres and Lunch Clubs