The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which can include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer’s Disease Society (2013)
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, if you think someone may have symptoms of dementia it is really important that they see their own GP.
The four most common types of dementia are; -
Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontotemporal Lobe and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Some people have a combination of different types of dementia and each experience of dementia is individual and unique.
It is possible to live well with dementia but sometimes things can become quite complex and it is important that you know where to get support from locally.
After a diagnosis of dementia people are usually supported by our local mental health team who may signpost you to additional support. If help is needed around practical daily activities such as washing and dressing, taking medication then a ‘carer needs assessment’ will be completed which is usually undertaken by a social worker, the needs of your carer can also be assessed.
Occupational Therapists can assess your environment and give advice to help maintain your safety.
Physiotherapists can provide advice and equipment around mobility and moving and handling.
Your GP can give advice around medications and discuss any causes of sudden confusion that may need exploring (please see delirium and dementia).
Community District Nurses can offer advice around your general health such as pressure area care and continence.
Your local pharmacist can offer advise around medication dispensing systems to help remind you when medications are due.
Wakefield Dementia Advisors
Wakefield Memory Action Group
Wakefield Community Admiral Nurses
Social Care Direct