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

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

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

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 Network

The Peterborough Dementia Network is a chance to come together with professionals from all sectors across Peterborough and surrounding areas that are involved in providing a service to support people affected by Dementia.

The purpose being to improve the lives for those affected by dementia by becoming a community that’s is dementia inclusive.

If you would like to know more or how you can get involved, please contact

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.

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.

Please note a referral is not necessary for accessing support with the Dementia Resource Centre. 

Related Pages

  1. Health (Adults)
  2. Technology Enabled Care (TEC) for Adults
  3. Mental capacity and planning for the future (Adults)
  4. Worried about a friend or family member (Adults)

External Links

  1. After diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care services
  2. Dementia – discussing and planning support after diagnosis - A quick guide for people with dementia and their family and carers
  3. Caring for a person with dementia: A practical guide


  1. Alzheimer's Society - Peterborough Dementia Support Service
  2. Dementia - A useful, easy to read document produced by Public Health England
  3. Looking after someone with Delirium in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough

Related Services

  1. Alzheimer's Society Dementia Resource Centre
  2. Virtual Day Services from Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice


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