Grove House Practice has put together the following information to help and support our patients if they or someone they know is worried about becoming increasingly forgetful (particularly if they are over 65) and are concerned about the possibility of dementia.
Forgetfulness or memory loss is not always a sign of dementia, but if you are worried about someone who is showing the signs outlined in this leaflet, please encourage them to visit their GP, so that they can be checked out.
We want to raise awareness of dementia and help people to better understand the impact of the condition and the many options that are out there to provide support and keep people with dementia independent and living in their own home for as long as possible. There are links in this leaflet to lots of information on dementia and sources of local and national support.
Early symptoms of dementia (sometimes called cognitive impairment) are often mild and may get worse only very gradually. This means you might not notice if you have them, and family and friends may not notice them or take them seriously for some time.
The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia include:
- memory loss – especially problems with memory for recent events, such as forgetting messages, remembering routes or names, and asking questions repetitively
- increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require organisation and planning
- becoming confused in unfamiliar environments
- difficulty finding the right words
- difficulty with numbers and/or handling money in shops
- changes in personality and mood
The speed at which symptoms get worse and the way that symptoms develop can depend on what is causing the dementia, as well as overall health. This means that the symptoms and experience of dementia can vary greatly from person to person. Some people may also have more than one condition – for example, they may have Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia at the same time.
Vascular dementia is a common form of dementia that’s estimated to affect more than 135,000 people in the UK.
There is currently no specific treatment for vascular dementia and no way to reverse the damage to the brain that has already occurred.
However, there is treatment that may help to slow down the progression of the condition. Medicines and lifestyle changes can be recommended to tackle any underlying cause, such as high blood pressure.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Whether you attend a face-to-face Information 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. https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/.
Please note that Grove House Practice is a Wellbeing Practice, for further information please click the link below:
You may also find the following websites useful
Admiral Nurses are a local service who works collaboratively with families, helping them cope with the fear, uncertainty and difficult everyday reality of dementia. They focus on the needs of the family, including psychological support.
Ask your GP for further information on the service.
Tide (Together in Dementia Everyday)
Tide is an involvement network for carers & former carers of people living with dementia. We help to build skills, knowledge & confidence so that carers can speak up & influence change in society.
- Become a member of Tide by signing up here: www.tide.uk.net
- Join our private peer support group on Facebook: Facebook Group
- Take part in our National Wednesday Coffee Mornings on Zoom, 10.30 – 11.30 am.
- Follow us on Facebook & Twitter
- Share your experiences
- Get involved in projects that influence policy, research, & practice
Merseyside/Cheshire Virtual Meet-Up – Every Thursday, 12.00 noon – 1.00pm
All carers & former carers of people living with dementia are welcome to come along to this local virtual meet-up – for peer support, discussion, advice & ideas. You can register on the link below & a zoom link will be automatically sent to you.
Specific Carer Groups:
- Carers of People living with Young Onset Dementia: 1st Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm – 8.00 pm.
- Carers of someone living in Residential Care: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
- Former Carers: Last Wednesday of the month, 4.00pm – 5.00pm
- Home Carers: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Contact Sarah (details below) for the Zoom Links
Merseyside/Cheshire Workshop Sessions 2021
All sessions are virtual and take place via Zoom.
Welcome to Tide:
An overview of Tide’s work & the variety of opportunities available
Tuesday January 12th, 5:00pm – 6.00pm | Register
Tuesday March 23rd, 12:00 noon – 1.00pm | Register
You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup:
Take time to look at your own emotional wellbeing, understand your triggers, & find key practical skills to use.
Tuesday January 26th, 5:00pm – 6.00pm | Register
Tuesday March 9th, 12:00 noon – 1.00pm | Register
Getting Your Point Across:
Strategies, tips & hints to help you prepare for tricky conversations & get your point across effectively
Tuesday February 9th, 5:00pm – 6.00pm | Register
Tuesday April 20th, 12:00 noon – 1.00pm | Register
Living Grief & Bereavement:
When caring for someone living with dementia, loss is not only felt at the end of life. This session acknowledges & gives you the opportunity to talk about the grief & loss felt while caring for someone living with dementia.
Tuesday February 23rd, 5:00pm – 6.00pm | Register
Tuesday April 6th, 12:00 noon – 1.00pm | Register
If you are interested in getting involved, would like the zoom details, or have any questions, please contact:
Sarah Butler-Boycott – Carer Involvement Lead (Merseyside & Cheshire)
Tide – Together in Dementia Everyday
Phone: 07704 168867