What is 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.
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. More information about 'Dementia Awareness' is available for you to download below.
Dementia Friendly Winchester
Winchester is the first City in Hampshire to launch a Dementia Friendly highstreet
Organisations and businesses in the high street have signed up to the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance and commit to making their staff 'dementia aware'. This will enabe 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, as can be seen in the links on this page.
Kit Bags and Berets
A new activity group for veterans with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Winchester.
Thanks to the Army, the ‘Kit-Bags and Berets’ group, will take place at St. Andrews Garrison Church, Connaught Road, Worthy Down, Winchester SO21 2RG on the second Tuesday of each month. The session provides a social atmosphere that aims to help people with dementia keep physically and mentally active, as well as helping people express themselves.
The group is aimed at veterans, enabling ex-service personnel with dementia and carers to meet in a relaxed social setting.
For further information on the group, contact Sheila Ancient, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker on 01256 363 393 or email Winchester@alzheimers.org.uk
We are working closely with its partners on the District Health and Wellbeing Board on a range of initiatives to help make the district more dementia friendly. Andover Mind has been commissioned to deliver one of the initiatives which aims 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.
We have recently hosted a Dementia Champions Training day. The training was delivered by the Alzheimer’s Society. As well as developing an understanding of dementia and the small things that can be done to make a difference to people living with the condition, the session equipped participants with the skills to deliver short dementia awareness sessions to others.
Ten Winchester City Council staff and 4 apprentices are amongst those that are now Dementia Champions.
Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions
A Dementia Friend is someone who learns to understand a little bit about what it is like to live with Dementia and then turns that knowledge into practical action. Every small action can help, from visiting someone living with Dementia to spreading the word about Dementia Friends. Sessions are free and will be held at the Discovery Centre in Winchester.
The current confirmed dates are:
Thursday 23 January - 12pm to 1pm
Monday 9 March - 4pm to 5pm
Saturday 16 May - 11am to 12pm
Tuesday 7 July - 3pm to 4pm
Friday 18 September - 4pm to 5pm
Thursday 12 November - 5pm to 6pm
Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or contact Elisabeth Pollard on 01962 844 544
Carer Support and Dementia Advice Service for Hampshire
The Carer Support and Dementia Advice Service are currently able to offer the following:
- Telephone/video assessments
- Physical assessments and one to one’s currently taking place in allocated indoor clinics throughout your area.
- 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, 63kb)