Looking After a Loved One with Dementia

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21 September 2022

World Alzheimer's Month

World Alzheimer's Month is a global opportunity to raise awareness around, educate, encourage support of and demystify dementia. World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on 21 September as part of World Alzheimer's Month and is led by Alzheimer's Society

When someone close to you is diagnosed with dementia, it can be difficult to know which way to turn. The comprehensive guide from Alzheimer's Society – Caring for a person with dementia – can be your go-to companion. 

It’s packed with information and advice. Alzheimer's Society have consulted with many carers, who have shared the reality of supporting someone with dementia. Their experiences and insight have shaped this guide. 

What’s included in this guide?

From when the person receives their diagnosis, through the changes and challenges of dementia, this booklet provides practical help, ideas and suggestions to help you both adjust to living with dementia. This includes details of how and where to get further support.

There is a restructured section on coping with the symptoms and changes of dementia. You’ll also find a new chapter about providing personal care with advice on staying well – for the carer and the person with dementia. 

The section on the later stage of dementia has also been revised and expanded. There is additional information on your rights as a carer. The booklet also highlights the importance of looking after yourself when you are caring. 

Full list of chapters:

  • About dementia
  • Taking on the caring role
  • Looking ahead: putting plans in place
  • Understanding changes and symptoms of dementia
  • Personal care and staying well
  • Support and care services
  • Money and work
  • Supporting a person in the later stage of dementia
  • End-of-life care and support

This publication has provided essential support to many thousands of carers. It is one of our core resources providing understanding, confidence and reassurance – when you need it most.

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Find Local Help

Admiral Nurse- Jade Lavan is the local Admiral Nurse regularly delivering support sessions and coffee mornings. Contact Jade Lavan, local Admiral Nurse, for more information: 
Phone: 01642 573623
Email: middlesbroughanclinic@dementiauk.org 

Age UK Teesside Dementia Advice Service- offers Maintenance Cognitive Therapy Sessions and Sensory Support Groups as well as one to one support, information and advice for carers and people living with dementia.

If you live in MiddlesbroughSophie on 07719029674 Email: Sophie.armstrong@ageukteesside.org.uk 

If you live in Redcar & ClevelandSarah on 07835701664 Email: sarah.elliott@ageukteesside.org.uk

Carers Together- provide information and support for carers. Contact Carers Together- Telephone: (01642) 488977

Dementia Action Teesside- deliver dances most weeks in Middlesbrough and Redcar, and they’re open to anyone living with dementia and their carer. They offer reminiscence through music along with great fun. There is usually a big screen so you can also watch the original videos with the music. Contact Marie: marie@dementiaactionteesside.org or Brian: brian@dementiaactionteesside.org for more info.

Dementia Hubs can offer information on the activities they run as well as other groups or activities in your area. They will help you find what’s right for you.

If you live in Middlesbrough: Kaitlyn on 01642 368945 at Woodside Resource Centre Email: tewv.mhsopwellbeing-dementiahub@nhs.net

If you live in Redcar & Cleveland: Sue on 07776478346 or Age UK Teesside on 01642 805500
Email: susan.rowe17@nhs.net

Senses Wellbeing- Delivering Dementia Friendly Tea Dances at Senses Wellbeing Centre CIC. Upcoming dates: 

  • Friday 30 September
  • Friday 28 October
  • Friday 25 November
  • Friday 16 December

All sessions are held at Senses Wellbeing Centre 1-3pm and are delivered in association with MFC Foundation. For more info: Email: enquires@mfcfoundation.co.uk Phone MFC Foundation: 01287 640079
Phone Senses: 01287 650151