What is Dementia?
Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning, perception and communication skills. It can also lead to a reduction in a person’s ability to carry out routine activities such as washing, dressing and cooking.
The number of people estimated to be living with dementia globally is 50 million. In the UK, it is estimated that around 850,000 people have dementia.
Every person is unique and dementia affects people differently - no two people will have symptoms that develop in exactly the same way. An individual's personality, general health and social situation are all important factors in determining the impact of dementia on him or her.
For more information please visit the Public Health England website.
Symptoms may vary between Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, but there are broad similarities between them all. The most common signs are memory loss and the loss of practical abilities, which can lead to withdrawal from work or social activities. If you think that these problems are affecting your daily life, or the life of someone you know, you should talk to your doctor.
The Dementia Training Standards Framework is a helpful resource which details the essential skills and knowledge necessary across the health and social care spectrum. This framework will help guide a more efficient and consistent approach to the delivery of dementia training and education.
Dementia Friendly Winchester
Winchester is the first City in Hampshire to launch a Dementia Friendly high street. A number of organisations and businesses have signed up to the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance and are committed to make their staff 'dementia aware'. This will enable them to be more confident in helping customers who have dementia. In return the businesses have received a window sticker to display, showing people with dementia and their carers that the organisation is 'Dementia Friendly'. It will give people reassurance that they will be able to use those services and shops knowing they will be met with understanding and support if needed.
Living with Dementia in the Winchester District
There are a number of services and support groups across the district for carers and those suffering with dementia, for more information please see the links section on the right hand site of this page.
Winchester City Council are working closely with partners on the District Health and Wellbeing Board to provide a range of initiatives to help make the district more dementia friendly.
Andover Mind has been commissioned to identify and train a team of volunteer ‘Dementia Champions’ who can then cascade dementia awareness sessions in their local communities. The project is closely linked to the national Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friends’ movement.
Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions
A ‘Dementia Friend’ is someone who has the understanding of what it is like to live with Dementia, turning their knowledge into practical action. Every small action can help, from visiting someone living with Dementia to spreading the word about the campaign.
Please visit the Dementia Friends website to find a session near you.
Carer Support and Dementia Advice Service for Hampshire
If you are concerned about your memory, have a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment or dementia, or an adult carer, The Referrals and Enquiries team at Andover Mind can provide advice, information, signposting and support over the phone, via email and post. They also have a team of Dementia Advisors and Carer Support Workers who operate within the community and can support you in a number of different ways.
The Carer Support and Dementia Advice Service currently offer the following services:
• Telephone/ video assessments.
• Physical assessments and one to one’s.
• Physical and Peer Support Virtual Group Work.
They are happy to receive referrals from organisations or by self-referral. You can find the referral form here (docx, 2.3mb).
If you would like to refer yourself to one of their services please click here and complete the form, you will need to state which service you are interested in and someone will contact you within 7 days.
For more information please visit the Andover Mind carer support webpage.