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Living with Dementia

There is plenty you can do to support yourself or family and friends to live well with dementia.

 Social Services and other support groups can provide information and practical assistance which can help someone living with dementia do so with both choice and independence. 

It is important to recognise that a person living with dementia remains a person, and needs to be valued and supported as such. This is at the heart of what is known as person-centred dementia care.

A range of neurological conditions associated with dementia can lead to a gradual loss of memory, difficulties with language, concentration and understanding. However there is now clear evidence that people living with dementia can continue to lead enjoyable and purposeful lives with the right kind of support.

Whilst people living with dementia can sometimes express unusual or unexpected behaviours, there is often an underlying reason for this which can be explored, identified and addressed. This can help people living with dementia to be more relaxed and less anxious.

The  Alzheimer's SocietyOpens new window website has information about the symptoms and progression of dementia and about living with the condition.

A number of local groups and national organisations provide support and advice for people living with dementia and their carers. 

Dementia support and advice

A number of local and national organisations provide support for people living with dementia and their carers that can be accessed without the need for an assessment.

Dementia support from Social Services

Social Services work in partnership with the health service and the voluntary sector to provide information, services and support for people living with dementia and their carers.

A break from home for people living with dementia

People with dementia can benefit from a break from the daily routine just as other people do.

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