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Dementia (Adults)

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If you are concerned that a family member has dementia, the first step is to arrange for them to see a GP. 

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

Dementia Resource Centre

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The Dementia Resource Centre

Peterborough Dementia Resource Centre is a community-based service for people with dementia, their families, and carers or maybe worried about their memory. It provides a calming environment specifically designed around people with dementia. People using the Dementia Resource Centre can access health and some third sector organisations under one roof.

The Dementia Resource Centre is open between 9.30-4.30 Monday - Friday

Contact the centre

To contact the centre you can email or call 01733 865710 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm). 

Support available

There is a wide range of support available in Peterborough for people with dementia, including dementia advisers, dementia cafés, activities, information and peer support.

  • This is me - this tool, provided by the Alzheimer's Society, is for people with dementia receiving professional care. The tool is to be used to tell staff about their needs, preferences, likes, dislikes and interests, enabling health and social care professionals to see the person as an individual and deliver person -centered care tailored to the individuals needs
  • Dementia Connect - If you are affected by dementia, worried about a diagnosis or a carer, trained staff are ready to give you the support you need.

Tel: 0333 150 3456
Opening hours: Mon to Weds: 9am – 8pm, Thurs and Fri: 9am – 5pm, Sat and Sun: 10am – 4pm

Tips for better communication

Dementia is a complex condition and every person’s experience is different. However, many people living with dementia can face similar challenges with communication. Often the small changes we make in our approach can make a big difference in avoiding communication difficulties or frustration, and can help build and maintain good relationships.

Click this link to read the Tips for better communication leaflet

After a diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care services

What to expect from health and care services

A guide to the support people should get from local services in England if they or someone they know have been diagnosed with dementia.

You can view the guide here.

Dementia friendly technologies for organisations

Assistive Technology

Whilst not a solution for everyone, technology, such as telecare or apps, can work in a variety of ways to empower and support independence, manage risks, improve health and be enjoyable. The overarching principle of assistive technology must ensure that it is in the individual's best interests. 

The Alzheimer's Society publish assistive technology sheets that outline the main issues facing different organisations, and recommend technology which could help. Their web pages on assistive technology also have lots more information.

How to apply for a blue badge for a person with dementia

Blue Badge

Applying for a blue badge

You can now apply online for a blue badge. This article written by the Alzheimer's Society explains the criteria for people with dementia and how to fill out an application for yourself or someone you care for.

Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Friendly Communities 

We are part of the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance, a partnership of over 20 organisations committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and helping Peterborough become a dementia friendly city

Professional referral for dementia information, advice and support

This form can be used by professionals to refer people to Alzheimer’s Society dementia services. On receipt the person referred will be contacted to discuss their needs.

Please note this form is for professionals only, if YOU are affected by dementia and need support for yourself or someone you know, you can use the Local service finder to search for support services near you. Alternatively call the Dementia Support Line on 0330 150 3456.