Dementia

Support for people living with Dementia

Dementia is a term used to describe various different brain disorders. There are over 100 types of dementia.

The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, problems with speech and understanding, personality changes, behaviour and mood.

Dementia usually affects older people and becomes more common with age, although it can develop in younger people.

People with dementia can live independent lives and there are many ways they can be supported to remain at home. This can range from support from their local community to complex support packages that can be built up where they are needed, including the provision of social care support where appropriate.

More information about the services and support available can be found at the Livingwell Dementia pages [external link].

Support is also available if you are caring for someone with dementia. Many people do not see themselves as carers, as to them the caring relationship is just part of their normal everyday life, as a son or daughter, husband or wife. As a result, they don't often realise there may be help and support available for them and the person they care for.

Carers can complete an assessment of their own needs as a carer [external link].

Reducing your risk of dementia

Whilst there is currently no way we can completely prevent dementia, there may be some simple things we can all do that might help lower our risk.

What to do if you have concerns

If you are worried because you or someone you care for are having problems with any of the above symptoms contact your GP who will investigate and will refer you to further support if necessary. You can also talk to a Dementia Advisor who can offer support and advice. You can contact the Darlington Dementia Advisor on 0191 389 0400.