Support for dementia
What is dementia and what does it mean for people who are affected?
Dementia is caused when parts of the brain stop working properly due to disease or trauma. Symptoms include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.
There are 670,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise. Nearly 7000 people in Cambridgeshire are living with dementia and so many more of us are affected as family, friends and carers.
Dementia is a profoundly life-changing condition, and is often people’s biggest fear in later life. Nearly three quarters of UK adults do not think that society is geared up to help people with dementia live well, and nearly half of people living with dementia do not feel part of their community. People with dementia and their carers have asked for more support to do things in the community, including more opportunities to participate and help to attend activities and better access to services to maintain their independence.
People living with dementia can still have a good quality of life at most stages of the condition, provided the right care and support is in place. It is a local priority to work towards being a dementia supportive community throughout Cambridgeshire.
We can all make a difference
We can all play a part in increasing awareness and improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers locally. One of the best steps we can all take is to become a Dementia Friend.
- Dementia friends are people with a little more understanding about dementia and ready to show consideration in their local community.
- Becoming a Dementia Friend involves attending a short 45 minute information session or completing an online module, reflecting on what it is like to live with dementia and some of the small steps we can all take to raise awareness.
- Why not book onto your session now?
NHS Choices has information on how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of getting dementia in later life.
If you or someone you care about is worried about their memory
There is information and support available for those who are worried about their memory and worried about dementia. People should also discuss their concerns with their GP. The Alzheimer’s Society is a good starting point for advice.
If you, or someone you care for, is living with dementia
A person with dementia can request a social care assessment to ensure that they are getting the help they need themselves. More information on assessments .
Carers play an absolutely vital role in the care and support of people with dementia – and yet often they have to battle with the health and social care system to be heard. Support for carers around the time of diagnosis is vital: whether this is through information leaflets, a support group or through linking up with other carers online. Cambridgeshire County Council provides carer’s assessments to ensure they are getting the support which they need.
Dementia Connect provides the opportunity to search by postcode for services near you.
We have a directory of services which can support you with dementia.