Local support for people with Dementia and their carers

For up to date, local dementia information and advice available to people with dementia and carers, visit www.sheffielddirectory.org.uk/dementia.

Caring for someone with Dementia

If the person you are caring for has had a diagnosis of dementia. Dementia is the ‘umbrella term’ for a set of symptoms which usually includes memory loss and may also include difficulties in thinking and concentrating, and sometimes changes in mood and behaviour.

Dementia is caused by various diseases of the brain; Alzheimers is the most common illness, and Vascular Dementia is the second most common – where the dementia is caused by a series of strokes. There are other rarer illnesses, examples of these are Frontal Lobe Dementia (sometimes called Picks Disease) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

Diagnosis usually takes place at the Memory Clinic after a series of physical examinations, memory tests and brain scans. At this stage, medication may be prescribed. There is no cure for dementia, but there are drugs may be used to help to slow down the progression of the illness.

Information about Dementia

BBC Radio Sheffield has made a series of podcasts about living with Dementia.
These look at different perspectives, including those of carers.
The episodes (that are around 30 minutes long) are available on BBC Sounds App
or you can click here to listen on the
BBC website.

 

 

Alzheimer’s Society
The organisation’s website is very informative. Please use this link to view and access their very extensive range of factsheets: www.alzheimers.org.uk/factsheet

Alzheimer’s Society Talking Point:
This is an online discussion forum for people with Dementia,  carers of people with dementia, partners of people with dementia and carers of younger people (under 65) with dementia: www.alzheimers.org.uk/talkingpoint

National Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 11 22
The Alzheimer’s Society welcome calls about a particular subject if you don’t have access to the internet.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia
This is a scheme that recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia or are caring for someone with Dementia. The books are available to borrow from the local library. Your GP or another health professional might also recommend some book titles: Download the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia here.

NHS Choices also has a lot of useful information which you may want to use.
Please use this link to visit the website:
 www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/about-dementia.aspx