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Age Concern Topics

Listed below are some organisations / support groups that provide information and support on age concern topics / issues.
Although the information was originally collected for use within the Linlithgow community we hope the list could be useful to others.

For further information on any of the organisations - just follow the website link/s or where there are no website links available email us at

Abbeyfield ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
Retirement housing, for the elderly providing independence, companionship, security and community inclusion.
Age UK 
Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged in Scotland has joined forces to form Age UK Group which works to improve later life for everyone- provides information and advice.
Alzheimer ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
Provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers including personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey.
Apetito - Home Meals ServiceYou can e-mail this person 
Ready meals delivered to your door. Meals are frozen. This service replaces that of 'Meals on Wheels'.
Arthritis CareYou can e-mail this person 
Information and support to empower individuals to take control of their own arthritis. Helpline 0808 800 4050
Big Print (National Weekly Newspaper)You can e-mail this person 
A weekly paper posted to your door. Includes radio and TV listings, sport etc. Free sample available
Blue CrossYou can e-mail this person 
Pet charity providing practical support and information for owners. Pet bereavement support including children with pets.
Boomerang Talking Newspaper (West Lothian) 
Weekly cassette publication, free to all visually impaired people in West Lothian. Details of this organisations may be obtained from West Lothian Council's website by using the name in the search facility.
British Telecom - for those who need extra help with communications 
If you or someone you know has an impairment (hearing, sight, spa each and language, mobility, dexterity, understanding technology) discover more about the impact it can have on day-to-day life, and how BT can help.
Care CommissionYou can e-mail this person 
Have registers of residential care homes and other care facilities in Scotland. Makes inspections and investigates complaints.
Carers of West LothianYou can e-mail this person 
A carer lead organisation campaigning for carers and their needs. Many useful health and care links. Well laid out fact sheets.
Contact the ElderlyYou can e-mail this person 
Voluntary service offering friendship and a monthly outing to lonely, elderly people.
CrossReachYou can e-mail this person 
Social care and support service by the Church of Scotland. Available to all people in Scotland.
Cue and Review Recording ServiceYou can e-mail this person 
Scottish registered charity that transcribes print magazines and newspapers into audio formats for the benefit of visually-and-reading-impaired people. Provide titles for everyone, but especially for young people.
Deaf ActionYou can e-mail this person 
Provides a range of services to people in Scotland with sensory support needs, including those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, deaf blind and hard of hearing.
Dementia Gateway 
Resource developed for people who work in nursing, residential or domiciliary settings but useful for anyone who comes into contact with a person with dementia. Offers practical tips, tools and activities
Dementia Helpline ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
The 24hr Dementia Helpline, is a Scottish service for people with dementia, carers, relatives and anyone concerned.
EARS Advocacy Service to Older PeopleYou can e-mail this person 
Free, Confidential, Independent and Professional Advocacy Service for Older People throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Find Me Good Care 
Advice and information about choosing care to help people to make choices about care and support for themselves or other adults in England. Developed and created by The Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Grass and hedge cutting for the elderly (WLC) 
Service provided by West Lothian Council for West Lothian residents. For information about this service access West Lothian Council's website and look under G within the A - Z services section.
Home Safety Service for the Elderly (and Frail) 
West Lothian Service helping people to live as independently as possible and feel safe. Equipment installed. For information about this service access West Lothian Council's website and look under H within the A - Z services section.
Independent AgeYou can e-mail this person 
Provides an information and advice service for older people, their families and carers, focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services. Advice line 0845 262 1863
Linlithgow LinkYou can e-mail this person 
Volunteers supply car service to hospitals, befriend housebound people and young mothers, provide social activities for the frail elderly.
National Talking Newspaper & Magazine ServiceYou can e-mail this person 
Provides national newspapers, magazines on audio tape, disk, e-mail, internet download and CD ROM for visually impaired and disabled people who find reading a strain. Subscription from 30 p.a.
NHS Choices 
Run by the National Health Service to meet health information needs of the general public in England.
Pet Fostering Service ScotlandYou can e-mail this person 
Charity arranges short-term foster homes for pets whose owners need to go into hospital.
Rail Travel information for disabled passengersYou can e-mail this person 
Information includes: travel assistance; accessible stations and stations made easy; mobility scooters; discounts; train facilities and further information.
The Silver LineYou can e-mail this person 
Free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Tel:0800 70 80 90
United Christian Broadcasting (UCB) PrayerlineYou can e-mail this person 
Telephone and email contact that will pray with you / for you to bring God into the equation of your life.
West Lothian University of the Third Age 
The 'University of the Third Age (U3A) is a worldwide educational movement for retired people who wish to pursue wider and educational interests. For information access West Lothian Council's website.

Disclaimer: Please note that this list was compiled in good faith, however some changes may have occurred since we last updated our files. Whilst the Help Centre makes reasonable efforts to include and up-date information on this website, it does not make any representation as to its accuracy or completeness. Those involved in creating and delivering this website's contents are not liable for any damages arising from use of this site.

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