Dementia guide

Dementia Choices

Welcome to Dementia Choices

If you or someone you know is worried about becoming increasingly forgetful, particularly if they're older than 65, you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of dementia.

This site is a central hub of information for people with dementia, and their families and friends. For the wider community, it aims to raise awareness of dementia and help people to create networks and better understand the impact of the condition. There are also links to lots of local information and resources on dementia.

What are the signs of dementia?

Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. You should look out for:

  • memory loss, such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones
  • problems thinking or reasoning, or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes
  • feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss, or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment

Read more about the signs of dementia. If you’re worried about someone who is showing the signs above, encourage them to visit their GP.

The big blue tabs at the top of the page list the contents of each section. Just hover your cursor over each tab and select the page you want from the dropdown menu.

If you can't find what you're after, try the search box at the top of the page – it covers everything on the wider NHS Choices site, including information on conditions and treatments, and advice to help you live a healthier lifestyle or boost your mental wellbeing.

Also, be sure to check out the useful links and tools promoted on the right-hand side, as you may find many of these helpful.

Why is it important to get a dementia diagnosis?

If you're worried about your memory, it's well worth talking to your doctor. They may be able to reassure you that you don't have dementia but, if you do, an early diagnosis can help you get the right treatment and support. Finding out sooner rather than later can also give friends and family valuable time to adjust and can help them to prepare for the future.

Read why it’s important to see someone about suspected dementia as soon as you can.

Local dementia services

There are excellent information resources all around the country on dementia. Use the map at the top right of the page to locate your area and click through to see local NHS web resources, information and sources of support. People with dementia are best served if we all work to create dementia-friendly communities. That needs to start locally.

How we can all help with the Dementia Challenge

We can all help with dementia. If you know someone who has dementia, this site will help you understand how best to support them, physically and emotionally. There's also lots of information on what you can do in your community. Small steps, such as helping friends and neighbours understand the challenges faced by people with dementia, can make a real difference.

#dementiafriends

Watch British Prime Minister David Cameron talk about dementia and explain why dementia-friendly communities are so important to Britain as he launched the Dementia Friends initiative.

To find out more about the initiative visit Dementia Friends.

You can use this site to find out more about dementia, and to discuss anything related to dementia via the Alzheimer’s Talking Point community.

You can also call the Carers Direct helpline free on 0300 123 1053 about any issue related to caring for someone. Carers Direct can answer your questions and point you to organisations near you that can help you get the support you need.

You might also want to look into popping into your nearest memory café, where you'll be able to chat with other carers and people with dementia over a cup of tea, while getting support from trained professionals.

Page last reviewed: 11/03/2013

Next review due: 11/03/2015

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