- What is dementia?
- Help and support services
Becoming more forgetful is one of the things that can happen as we get older. There are many reasons this can happen, showing the first signs of dementia is one of them. This can show in many ways including
- increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require concentration and planning
- changes in personality and mood
- periods of mental confusion
- difficulty finding the right words
It is important you speak to a doctor if you or someone you love are having these difficulties. The cause may be something that can be treated. Most kinds of dementia can't be cured but the effects can be slowed down to keep people independent and active.
Below is a list of help and support services for those suffering from dementia, their families and carers:
If you or someone you care about is becoming confused or forgetful all the time, you should make an appointment with your family doctor (GP) who can refer you to mental health services for older people (external link).
This is a community based service offering assessment, treatment and support for people over the age of 65 living in the borough of Haringey who have on-going mental health difficulties. Also people experiencing mental illness for the first time or, who are becoming forgetful.
The Haynes Centre is a specialist dementia day care centre for Haringey residents with moderate/severe dementia. The centre provides social, intellectual and physical stimulation to aid in the wellbeing of people with dementia. It will also provide information, support and guidance to people living with dementia, their family and carers. Access to the centre is via referral from Haringey Adult Social Care.
The centre also supports the Haynes Relatives Support Group meeting monthly (the carers at the Haynes), and hosts monthly Tom’s Club which aims to provide a supportive and social environment for carers of people with dementia who are not accessing the Haynes centre as well as current users.
The Haynes Day Centre
London Borough of Haringey
151 Park Road
London N8 8JD
Tel: 020 3074 2710
Even small actions and changed perceptions will improve the wellbeing of the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK - not to mention the life of their carers!
The Alzheimer's Society is committed to creating one million new dementia friends by next year.
Anyone of any age can join and help them hit the target - sign up on the Dementia Friends Website (external link).
You can search on Haricare for local community services to help people with dementia and their carers. These include:
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