Somerset CCG is supporting Dementia Awareness
Dementia affects 850 000 people in the UK. It mainly affects people over 65 years of age, but it is also diagnosed in smaller numbers in people under 65 years of age.
As you get older, you may find that memory loss becomes a problem. It's normal for your memory to be affected by age, stress, tiredness, or certain illnesses and medications. This can be annoying if it happens occasionally, but if it's affecting your daily life or is worrying you or someone you know, you should seek help from your GP.
If you're becoming increasingly forgetful, particularly if you're over the age of 65, it may be a good idea to talk to your GP about the early signs of dementia. They can assess you and perhaps refer you to a memory assessment service or specialist for further tests.
Alzheimer’s Society’s new guide for carers of people with dementia
Alzheimer’s Society has published a new guide for people caring for someone with dementia. This complements The dementia guide for those with the condition and is available free of charge.
Caring for a person with dementia: A practical guide is for anyone who provides the main support for a person with dementia. It will help carers to understand dementia and how to support someone living with the condition, as well as their own rights and how to look after themselves.
It covers all stages of the condition and suggests where carers can go for further help and support as dementia progresses.
To order copies call 0300 303 5933 (quoting code 600), or email email@example.com
You can contact the Alzheimer’s Society in Somerset. They can provide you with information and details of local services that can provide support. You can phone them on 01458 251541.
You can also call the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Helpline. They have trained advisers who can provide confidential help and advice.If you, or someone you know, is worried about dementia, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Somerset www.dementiasomerset.org.uk/
Alzheimer’s Society www.alzheimers.org.uk Tel: 01452 525222
Alzheimer's Society 'Worried about your memory' booklet
Alzheimer's Society 'Five things you should know about dementia' booklet www.alzheimers.org.uk/download/downloads/id/1739/5_things_you_should_know_about_dementia.pdf
There's lots of information about dementia on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia-guide/pages/about-dementia.aspx