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.
What is available locally?
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 commissioned 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
- 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 - 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
- Exercise referral scheme - for people with dementia or alzheimer's provided by Vivacity.
DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project)
The Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (DEEP) brings together groups of people with dementia from across the UK. DEEP supports these groups to try to change services and policies that affect the lives of people with dementia