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 you have concerns about your memory and support available if you 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 your memory is getting noticeably worse, or affecting everyday life, book an appointment with your GP as it may be a sign of dementia. Help, support and treatment as early as possible can help you to manage your 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 https://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 how you can make a difference.
Supporting people to live independently for longer is a key priority for WCC. From cooking and bathing to taking medication, or doing hobbies and daily tasks, the AskSARA website provides information, advice and guidance on smart gadgets and solutions (Assistive Technology) that can enable people to help themselves. To find out more, visit https://asksara.dlf.org.uk/
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: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/beingacarer
Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for Adult social care and health, said:
“Dementia affects many of our residents, whether they have been diagnosed with dementia or offer a caring role for someone with dementia.
“Support is available throughout Warwickshire for those living with or caring for someone with dementia, there are a range of groups and services to support you through your journey and to make sure you are not alone.
“Encouraging our residents to live as independently as possible is one of our key priorities and the launch of AskSARA is a great opportunity for residents to learn about assistive technology tools that support them to remain independent in their homes.”
For more information about dementia services and support available across Warwickshire, you can order a booklet for local information:
- For Northern Warwickshire contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Rugby contact: email@example.com
- For South Warwickshire contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find more information about the Dementia Navigator service, call 01926 888 999 or email email@example.com.