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Dementia

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Dementia

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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Dementia Resource Centre

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

  • Dementia Resource Centre - we commission the Alzheimer's Society to run a resource centre on our behalf. The service offers advice, information, and support to any resident affected by dementia in Peterborough
  • 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

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

Dementia Connect

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Dementia Connect 

The Alzheimer's Society boast the most comprehensive online directory of its kind, with listings of local information, support and services for people with dementia and their carers

Vivacity Exercise Referral Scheme

Vivacity can help you live a healthier and more active life if you have longstanding health conditions including dementia.

More information can be found on the Vivacity website.

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

After a diagnosis of dementia: 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

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.

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