Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
It's not unusual, particularly as we get older, for the odd name or word to slip our memory, or that we forget where we have put things. It can be frustrating and annoying, but usually it's only a mild nuisance.
If you feel that lapses of memory are becoming more frequent, or if you're worried that your memory is getting worse, it could be an early sign of a more serious problem.
It's important to be aware that not all memory problems are a sign of Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tiredness, stress, overwork, anxiety, depression, some physical illnesses, poor diet or the side-effects of certain medications can all affect our memory.
If your memory problems are getting worse, begin to affect your daily life, or are worrying you, it's a good idea to visit your GP for a check up. You may not be developing dementia. But if you are then it can make a big difference if you find out early on. Knowing and understanding what's happening to you can allow you to accept your situation, and to make changes in your life which may mean you will be less dependant on the support of others at a later stage.
Your GP will examine you and ask a series of questions to test your memory. They will also ask about your general health, diet and mood to see if there might be another issue causing your memory problems.
Your GP may also refer you to your local Memory Service who will provide an assessment of your situation, diagnose your condition, and can link you into a wide range of support services.
Details of your local memory service are as follows:-
The Westminster Memory Service
If you have any questions about the way dementia and memory problems are diagnosed you can contact the Westminster Dementia Adviser for advice.
The Kensington and Chelsea Memory Service
If you have any questions about the way dementia and memory problems are diagnosed you can contact the Kensington and Chelsea Dementia Adviser for advice.
The Admiral Nurses provide information, practical advice and emotional support for people who care for a relative or friend who has dementia:
The Alzheimer's Society is a national organisation which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:Tel: 020 7423 3500Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Alzheimer's Society's National Dementia Helpline can offer advice or answer questions you have about dementia, and is usually open 7 days per week - tel 0300 222 1122.
The Alzheimers Research website offers advice on getting a diagnosis for memory problems or dementia, and on how a diagnosis is made.
Age UK has useful information and ideas for people affected by dementia. They also run some local services and have many activities during the day at local centres to help people stay active and part of the community.
The Independent Age website provides leaflets on Memory Loss, Depression, 'Confusion' and Dementia (guide 9) and Living with dementia (guide 9a).
The NHS Choices website contains various information on dementia.
The Which website offers advice on all aspects of living with memory loss or dementia.
The Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way people think, talk and act about the condition.Whether you attend a face-to-face session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia UK is a national charity committed to improving the life of all people affected by dementia:-
Tel: 0845 257 9406Email: email@example.com
The BBC have published an article which looks at the growing problem of dementia for an aging population across the globe, and at how technology might support people with dementia to live independently and safely within their own homes.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about dementia.