Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease and there are many different forms of dementia and a variety of possible symptoms.

If you or a family member feels there are some problems with confusion or memory, it is a good idea to visit your GP for an assessment. There are some helpful treatments for some types of dementia, or it may be the diagnosis is something different.

ADVICE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

The Government advice was up-dated on 11th May 2020. Everyone is still being advised to stay at home as much as possible, with the exception of shopping for food and other priority items, for exercise and for medical needs.
The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
If they do go out more frequently, they should be careful to maintain distance from others. They and everyone should continue to comply with any general social distancing restrictions.
The government have also advised that individuals with very specific medical conditions should shield until the end of June and do everything they can to stay at home. This is because experts believe those people are likely to be at the greatest risk of serious complications from coronavirus.

Further information on the up-dated advice can be found on:

https://www.gov.uk/corona

 

For more information and help, please click here for our Communication & Dementia resource sheet:

Communication & Dementia

 

Below is a list of organisations offering assistance and information for people affected by dementia:

 

Pathways Through Dementia
http://pathwaysthroughdementia.org/
London based organisation. Offer free legal advice to families dealing with dementia. Can also offer services to assist in applying for Lasting Power of Attorney (chargeable).   Do workshops on various related topics, but held in London
Wright Hassal has produced free legal guide for people with dementia
https://www.wrighthassall.co.uk/knowledge/legal-guides/2015/10/02/complete-legal-guide-dealing-dementia/
Young Dementia UK
https://www.youngdementiauk.org/
Apart from offering support to younger people with dementia in Oxfordshire, their website also has a lot of general information
Dementia Oxford
http://www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk/
Offer advice for people and their families affected by dementia, and also have dementia advisers who make contact on a six-monthly basis
Alzheimers Society
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20033/publications_and_factsheets
Useful Factsheets on issues relating to dementia and carers
Carers UK
http://www.carersuk.org/
Offer advice service to carers including practical and financial support
Carers Oxfordshire
http://www.carersoxfordshire.org.uk/cms/
as above. Can carry out a Carers Assessment to see what support may be appropriate (eg local support groups, possible funding)
Here
http://herefirst.org.uk/
An advice service which covers a range of information on local services, equipment etc, including a telephone advice service