Singing for Alzheimer’s

Singer and songwriter Steve McDonald, a partner of Anderson Strathern Solicitors and a member of Edinburgh band Einstein’s Wardrobe has produced and co-written with fellow band member David Salvona an acoustic track, ‘Picture on the Mantelpiece’. The release of the new single which reflects life from the perspective of a person with dementia coincided with Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week 3 – 9 June, with all profits being donated to Alzheimer Scotland.

In Scotland it is estimated that more than 86,000 people have a form of dementia with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common type. With our ageing population this is expected to double in the next 25 years. The band members have all been touched by dementia, either through their own family or people they know, and they wanted to put their feelings into a song to help others.

Einstein’s Wardrobe are Steven McDonald (vocals, keyboards, drums), Karen Stanford and Gillian Hunter (vocals) and David Salvona (acoustic guitar, slide guitar and bass). Steve commented, “In my daily life I work with elderly people and their families and I have seen at first hand the mixed emotions dementia can bring to everyone involved. The song focuses on a family picture on the mantelpiece, a snapshot in time and asks that you remember me, the person with dementia and the good times we once had.

“All of the band members of Einstein`s Wardrobe were proud to play a live set at the Scottish Parliament.  Marco Biagi, raised a motion in support of our song in Parliament on Friday of last week.  We hope that people will download our song as all proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer Scotland.  We have also added a Just Giving page in case followers of Einstein`s Wardrobe would like to make additional donations.  The link is

Local companies Home Instead Senior Care who provide home care services for older people and Solicitors Anderson Strathern are backing them all the way.

Home Instead specialise in caring for people with dementia and recently presented their new dementia training to the team at Anderson Strathern. The training is designed to help family members and other people such as solicitors, shopkeepers etc. to recognise the signs of the condition and to guide them on how to manage the sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia.

It was through their business association and friendship that Steve and Home Instead owners Andrew and Joanna Senew decided to work together to support Alzheimer Scotland. Andrew explained, “We care for older people in their own homes every day, many who have dementia, we really loved the song and its sentiment and wanted to support Steve and the band. It is fantastic that they are donating all their profits to Alzheimer Scotland and I am sure local people will get behind them and buy the single.”

Profits from the single download release of this song will be donated to the charity Alzheimer Scotland. The song is now on sale on iTunes and and you can view the video on

For information about the work of Alzheimer Scotland visit

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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