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Dementia

Why am I being so forgetful?

Dementia is a general term used to describe a range of illnesses with different symptoms that affect the brain. There are many kinds of dementia but the most common are Alzheimer's disease and Vascular Dementia. What all types of dementia have in common is that they damage brain cells, so that the brain cannot work as well as it should.

However, a healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of developing dementia, so keep your body healthy by eating well, being active, keeping a healthy weight and watching your blood pressure and cholesterol. Also don’t forget stress and anxiety, depression, lack of sleep and the side effects of some medicines can affect your memory.

You should seek advice if you have symptoms such as:

  • Finding it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV.
  • Mood changes, depression and emotional upsets.
  • Difficulty planning and completing simple tasks, for example making a meal.
  • Difficulty concentrating and becoming easily distracted.
  • Feeling confused even in familiar surroundings.

Dementia Together

On Monday 3 April 2017 a new service launched that will provide practical information for those curious or concerned about Dementia, along with support for people living with Dementia, their carers and healthcare professionals in Suffolk. 

The service offers a personalised and individual response, aiming to offer advice and support to enable and empower people to understand Dementia, to live well with the condition, make their own choices and feel in control of their lives. The service offers a single point of contact for Dementia-related information and support so that people only have to tell their story once, no matter which stage of the illness they are at. Read more...

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Dementia Together Contact Details:
www.dementia-together.com
Freephone: 08081 688000
Monday to Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10:00am-4:00pm
email: SRYC.DementiaTogether@nhs.net

We all forget to do things...

Sometimes it begins to affect our daily lives.  If you are worried about your memory, speak to your GP.  If someone you know is having problems remembering, encourage them to talk to their GP. The CMAS service can help. (link on image to view leaflet)

Questions

  1. Do you have difficulties in thinking clearly, understanding words, recognising people or common objects as well as loss of memory? Confusion or forgetfulness does not mean someone has dementia. Other conditions such as common infections can cause similar problems. 
  2. Are you worried about your memory? Then speak to your GP.

 


Side by Side

Side by Side is a new free service offered by Alzheimer’s Society in Norfolk and Suffolk, which helps people with dementia to keep doing the things they love with the support of a volunteer.

Full details can be found on the flyer below.


GP says

Confusion or forgetfulness does not mean you have dementia. Other conditions such as infections can cause similar problems, so visit your GP as soon as you can.

If your GP thinks the reasons for the symptoms are not clear or would benefit from further investigation, they may refer you on to a specialist service. Early diagnosis is so important and some treatments may be available which help some people with the symptoms of some forms of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Get the help and support you need. There is practical and emotional advice available providing options, including equipment, that can support you and your family with day-to-day living.

Useful contacts

For more information on dementia call the Alzheimer’s Society

Ipswich and East Suffolk 01473 237301 

West Suffolk 01284 766433 

For advice contact Suffolk PALS: Tel. 0800 585544 or direct dial 01473 329110 

or visit www.dementiawebsuffolk.org.uk

CMAS Contacts

www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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