Understanding dementia in Warwickshire

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia.

As the number of people diagnosed with dementia increases, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) are helping residents to understand dementia, what to do if they have concerns about their memory and support available if they have been diagnosed with dementia.

Everybody forgets things from time to time and stress, anxiety, depression, certain physical illnesses, infections and vitamin and thyroid deficiencies are just a few of the things that can affect memory.

However, if their memory is getting noticeably worse, or affecting everyday life, people are being encouraged book an appointment with their GP as it may be a sign of dementia. Help, support and treatment as early as possible can help to manage symptoms.

For anyone diagnosed with dementia, there are services throughout the county that offer support. Warwickhire’s Dementia Navigator Service supports people to access the right support for them following their diagnosis. Services are also available in each district and borough area, with dedicated local services.

For more information about services available across Warwickshire for those living with or caring for something with dementia, visit dementia.warwickshire.gov.uk

Every resident of Warwickshire can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia by helping to create a more Dementia Friendly Warwickshire.

As more people are diagnosed with dementia, it is likely that we will all be touched by dementia at some point in our lives. Dementia Friends learn more about dementia, and the small actions they can take to support those living with dementia. Visit www.dementafriends.org.uk and find out more.

Many people care for loved ones living with dementia. There is a dedicated Carers Wellbeing Service to support carers across Warwickshire. Those in caring roles may also be eligible to receive support through WCC, including emotional support, financial support, social opportunities to meet other carers and specialist information. For further information, visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/beingacarer

For more information about dementia services and support available across Warwickshire, you can order a booklet for local information:

Find more information about the Dementia Navigator service, call 01926 888 999 or email southwarks@alzheimers.org.uk.

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