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 ***WE ARE SORRY THAT THE MONTHLY MEMORY CAFE IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE NATIONAL SITUATION REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS***

Any Queries please call: 01225 860812

The Surgery is Dementia Friendly 

For more information on how you can get involved please visit the national website: 

www.dementiafriends.org.uk

 posted 18.08.15


Bradford on Avon Dementia Action Alliance.

The steering group of the Bradford on Avon Area Dementia Action Alliance has recently set three targets to be achieved before April 2017

  • The steering group of the Bradford on Avon Area Dementia Action Alliance has recently set three targets to be achieved before April 2017:
  • l Establish a network of local Dementia Friends Champions, ready to collaborate and deliver Dementia Friends Information Sessions
  • l Set up a Directory of Community Assets (local dementia friendly facilities and services)
  • l Organise a Dementia Friends Information Session in each of the 8 villages and a further 8 sessions in businesses and other community organisations

For more information please click here

There are lots of different ways to get involved – please contact Chris Maple

Dementia Adviser (Trowbridge & Bradford on Avon.)

 

Alzheimer's Support

Park House

1 Park Road

Trowbridge

Wiltshire

BA14 8AQ

01.08.16


Chris Maple

Dementia Service

If you are worried about your memory you should arrange to speak to a doctor about this. It may be that your symptoms are not dementia but are caused by something else which you can get treatment for. It is natural for people’s memories to get a little worse as the body ages, however, if your memory problems are causing difficulties in your day to day life, you should speak to your doctor about it.

The doctor will want to know about your day to day life and how you are coping. They will run some physical tests, including blood tests, and a short memory test. They may refer you to a memory clinic if they suspect your symptoms are due to a less common type of dementia.

If you do get a diagnosis of dementia you will have lots of questions. There is a Dementia Adviser called Chris Maple. Anyone who receives a diagnosis of dementia should have an appointment with Chris and he will answer questions, help work out any benefits you are eligible for and tell you what services are available in your area.

If your symptoms change you should speak with your doctor. It may be that a different and treatable illness is making the dementia appear to be worse. If you find the short time allocated for a doctor’s appointment too stressful, please ask for a double appointment when booking your appointment. This will allow you more time to speak to the doctor.

While there is no cure for dementia, there is medication which can slow down the progression of the diseases. This is one reason why it is good to get a diagnosis as early as possible.

There are lots of services available for people with dementia, which Chris can tell you about. However, if you feel that you are coping well at this stage, Chris will arrange for a follow-up phone call every 6 months to check how you are getting on. As the disease progresses you may need more support, and in Wiltshire this is provided by a charity called Alzheimer’s Support.

Alzheimer’s Support’s range of flexible services support people living at home with mild to moderate dementia; helping them to maintain as much independence and control over their lives as possible.  It works alongside family carers, providing information and emotional support throughout the course of the illness.

Alzheimer’s Support’s services include –

  • Music for the maind – at the Wiltshire Music Centre
  • Movement for the Mind – a gentle exercise class in Bowerhill in Melksham
  • Art Group – in Holt
  • Day Clubs for people with dementia – the nearest one is in Trowbridge
  • Support groups and training courses for family carers
  • Free counselling
  • Support workers who can spend time with someone with dementia, doing whatever the person wants to do.

Alzheimer’s Support is always happy to answer questions and provide support. You can call on 01225 776481, email office@alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk or drop in to our office at Park House, 1 Park Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8AQ. The office is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Information is also available at www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk

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Dementia services provided by Bradford on Avon Health Centre

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