Forgetfulness doesn’t necessarily mean dementia
Dementia is a condition which is caused when the brain becomes damaged by certain diseases. Whilst it is more common in older people, it is not an inevitable part of ageing.
Dementia affects everyone differently and can cause a wide range of symptoms. You may start to struggle with day-to-day tasks, have problems with your memory, thinking, concentration and language and show changes in your mood and personality.
It is progressive, which means that symptoms may get worse over time.
Getting a diagnosis
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have dementia, you should contact your GP. The GP will make an initial diagnosis or refer you to a specialist.
It is important that you get a proper diagnosis to find out whether the symptoms are as a result of dementia or caused by some other condition such as infection.
Alzheimers Society offers an online service where you can have a live chat with a dementia advisor.
Support in Redbridge
If you have a diagnosis of dementia, you can continue to take an active part in the community and live as normal a life as possible.
The Redbridge Dementia Partnership has an information pack which outlines specialist local organisations in Redbridge that can provide you with information, advice, practical and emotional support.
There are a number of national and voluntary organisations that can provide you with information and advice. See the useful links section at the bottom of the page.
Dementia Connect is Alzheimer’s Society’s online services directory for anyone affected by dementia. By entering a postcode or place name, you can find local voluntary, statutory and private services nearest and most relevant to you.
If you feel you would benefit from a care service from Redbridge Health and Adult Social Services, they will need to carry out an assessment of what your needs are to see if you would be eligible for care and support from the Council.
Complete online contact form or telephone 020 8708 7333
If you need help and support as a carer, you are entitled to have your own assessment called a carer's assessment.
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External wesbites: Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering,Redbridge Concern for Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK, NHS Choices - Dementia, The Dementia Centre resources and information, Jewish care, SuperCarers