What is dementia?
The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which includes:
- loss of memory
- mood changes
- problems with communication and reasoning.
These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and damage caused by a series of small strokes.
Dementia is progressive which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. How fast dementia progresses will depend on the individual person and what type of dementia they have.
It is often the case that the person's family and friends are more concerned about the symptoms than the person may be themselves.
In the later stages of dementia, the person affected will have problems carrying out everyday tasks and will become increasingly dependent on other people.
How Dementia Oxfordshire can help you
If you have been diagnosed with dementia, are a carer for someone with dementia, or know someone with dementia, we can help you with a wide range of issues, including:
- information about dementia
- how to get help locally
- staying independent
- adaptations for your home
- benefits and allowances that you may be entitled to
- benefits, support and respite breaks for carers
- activities and leisure opportunities
- planning for the future and legal issues
- emotional support.
Our service is confidential. We will not discuss your information with anyone else unless we have your consent to do so, or unless you or someone else involved is at risk. If this situation occurs, we will always talk to you about it first.
More information and contact details
Memory cafes and training courses
A number of services offer support to people living with dementia, their families and friends. There are 'memory cafés', training courses for carers, and opportunities to socialise.
Call Age UK's local helpline.
Community support service centres
Community support service centres offer a range of activities, from computer classes to lunches, exercise groups to film clubs. They serve as community hubs where people can get social care and health advice and information and can provide a valuable break for carers.
We operate eight community support services centres that support adults of all ages with physical disabilities, older frail adults, and older adults with dementia, mental health problems and learning disabilities.
Community-based dementia advisers and support workers are available across Oxfordshire. They provide tailored information, advice and support to help people live well with dementia.
Your doctor, district nurse, memory clinic and other professional service can refer you to them.
Dignity in Care
Find out more about the National Dignity in Care campaign which aims to put dignity back at the heart of care services.