Speak clearly and slowly, using short sentence.
What is dementia?
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia. (Alzheimer’s Society).
Communicating with someone who has dementia
The NHS has these useful suggestions to try and begin conversations with the person you’re looking after, especially if you notice that they’re starting fewer conversations themselves.
What to expect from health and care services after diagnosis of dementia
The Department for Health and Social Care has published information to help you understand the kind of support and services available if you have been diagnosed with dementia or are supporting someone who has.
Activities and Support in West Northumberland
The latest edition of ‘Activities and Support in West Northumberland’ for people living with dementia or memory loss is out now. This is a comprehensive guide to support groups, classes, dementia friendly film screenings and cafes, singing classes, advice services, physical and sporting activities and lots more. Copies of the booklet can be found in GP surgeries and is available from Adapt (NE) in Hexham. The digital version can be downloaded below.
Useful Links and Information
National Dementia Hotline
Alzheimer’s Society’s helpline for advice, information and support.
Call: 0300 222 11 22.
DemTalk is a free, web-based toolkit to help improve communication with people with dementia. It was produced in a project facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Society UK, by teams of stakeholders including communication researchers, technology designers, health and social care experts, carers and people living with dementia.
Dementia Connect is Alzheimer’s Society’s comprehensive services directory for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Enter your postcode or place name to find voluntary, statutory and private services nearest and most relevant to you. Each listing includes a map and clear, essential information about that service.
Advice and support on all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Helping families to access care for those with dementia.
A guide to symptoms, support and care of those with dementia.