While it’s true that some brain changes are inevitable when it comes to aging, major memory problems can indicate a more serious problem. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between usual age-related forgetfulness and symptoms that may indicate the development of a cognitive problem. If you are worried about your memory then make an appointment with your GP or talk to your district nurse. An early confirmation of the type of memory loss you are experiencing means that advice and support can be put in place that may stop or slow down the speed of decline and provide aids to help you, and the people who care for you, to feel safe and confident to enjoy an independent and fulfilling life.
Memory problems and dementia can also affect younger adults (below the age of 65), symptoms can be associated more with changes in vision, movement and behaviour, than memory loss. If you have concerns make an appointment to see your doctor.
Forms of dementia
Most cases develop as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Other forms of dementia include:
- Vascular dementia. This is due to problems with the blood vessels in the brain Brain damage is called by a stroke or a series of tiny mini-strokes
- Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). A type of dementia where abnormal proteins called Lewy bodies are found in the brain
- Dementia with Parkinson's disease
- Frontotemporal dementia. A type of dementia where specific parts of the brain only are affected.
- Mixed dementia
Contact details for local sources of help
Alzheimer Café (Farnborough)
One evening per month in Farnborough, with a speaker each time focusing on different dimensions of dementia (3rd Friday of the month, 6pm to 9pm except August)
Alzheimer Café (Camberley)
Held on the third Monday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
For more information visit: http://stmaryscamberley.org.uk/alzheimer-cafe/
Tel: 07719 080368
Alzheimer’s Society Blackwater Valley
Covers Hart and Rushmoor Districts. Services include dementia support worker, information and guidance. Singing for the Brain Group in Hartley Wintney and support groups in Aldershot, Fleet and Yateley.
Dementia-Forget Me Not Café, St John’s Church, Hartley Wintney – every Tuesday afternoon 14.00-16.00 for people with dementia and their carers – meet carers support professionals in an informal setting.
Tel: 01256 363 390 or 07900 240829.
Rushmoor Healthy Living
Delivering a variety of projects across the local community, working together with individuals, groups and companies with the aim of improving people’s health and wellbeing, whether through exercise and rehabilitation classes or through health education.
Andover Mind - Dementia Advice Service (Hart and Rushmoor)
Andover Mind helps people with dementia and their carers, family and friends to get the appropriate support from first diagnosis throughout their illness. They provide dementia advice services in Hart and Rushmoor; Basingstoke, Deane and Alton; Eastleigh, Winchester and Romsey as well as in Andover.
Tel: 01252 624808
The Royal British Legion / Dementia UK Admiral Nurses
The focus of the service is to maintain independence and improve the quality of life for carers and families of people living with dementia and to provide the practical advice they need. If you, or the person you are caring for, are serving or have ever served in the Armed Forces, we may be able to help.
website: click here
Tel: 02382 025787
Day Care Centres catering for people with dementia
Frogmore Day Care Centre – 01252 876055 (Mon – Fri - transport available)
Rosefield Day Centre for the Elderly , Odiham – 01256 393604 (Tues – Thurs – transport available), Hill House
Dementia Day Care Centre, Ewshot 01252 850236 (Mon-Fri).
Within Surrey Heath there are a range of services that can help support a person with dementia and their carer or family members.
Surrey Heath Borough Council's Community Services Team offers a range of services to support someone to remain independent in the community, including community alarms and telecare, transport, Windle Valley day centre, GPS (global positioning system) and meals at home.
Alzheimer's Society provides a range of information as well as the Dementia Navigator service and can be contacted for one-to-one information and advice.
There is a range of homecare/domiciliary agencies in the Surrey Heath area that may be able to offer regular visits to help with washing, dressing and other aspects of personal care, respite for carers or even live-in care to help people with dementia to remain in their own home.
You may be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare (CHC). To qualify, you need to have an individual assessment, this may have already happened. Click here for more information.