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/
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 have made a recent series of podcasts about living with Dementia – made from different perspectives, including those of carers. These episodes (mostly around 30 minutes long) are available on BBC Sounds app or the BBC website here
Alzheimer’s Society has a very informative website, and you can access all their factsheets this way. www.alzheimers.org.uk/factsheets
Examples from the very extensive list :
- What is Dementia?
- Drug treatments for Alzheimers Disease
- Driving and Dementia
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Explaining Dementia to children
- Selecting a Care Home
- Carers – looking after yourself
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia 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.
If you want information on a particular subject and you do not have access to the internet, the Alzheimer’s Society would welcome your calls on National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 11 22
Alzheimer’s Society also has 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.
NHS Choices also has a lot of useful information which you may want to use. You can find that here: https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/about-dementia.aspx
Revised 03 January 2018