A diagnosis of dementia can come as a shock and be a worrying and upsetting time for patients, family and friends. The local Alzheimer’s society runs a number of services that provide information and offer help and support. For more information visit here.
If you are worried about your memory we recommend you visit your GP straight away to seek an early diagnosis. It might not be dementia but if it is there are many benefits to both patients and carers:
- Early diagnosis helps to avoid premature or unnecessary care home or hospital admissions. It allows those living with dementia to live independently in their own home for longer which enhances their quality of life.
- Where appropriate patients can receive the correct treatment earlier which is more effective
- Patients, carers and family members can get hold of essential help and advice giving them confidence to plan for the future. They can also apply for relevant financial benefits.
- Patients are able to receive the support they need e.g. from social services, day centres, carer support groups and much more
Prevention however is much better than a cure. The risk of dementia can be reduced and the process of deterioration slowed down by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You can achieve this by eating right, exercising, staying mentally and socially active and managing your stress.
East Riding Dementia Action Alliance
We are a member of the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, working together to reduce stigma and raise understanding of dementia. Our aim is to enable people living with dementia to continue doing the things that they enjoy within their own community for longer. We now have a Facebook page. Please like and share!
Working together, the Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (deep) have created a special guide to identify the words they believe should never be used to describe dementia or people with dementia. Dementia words matter: Guidelines on language about dementia.
Why not become a dementia friend?
Anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It’s about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
Watch the video to find out more