Living well with dementia
Dementia is caused when parts of the brain stop working properly due to disease or trauma. The symptoms may include memory loss, changes in thought, mood, and behaviour. We do not fully understand the causes yet although eating healthily and being physically active can reduce the risk of some types of dementia in later life.
The number of people with dementia in Peterborough is increasing, as we are all living longer. Do you know anyone affected by dementia?
For many people, it can be a worrying time when either you, or a person you care about, are diagnosed with dementia. There are ways you can get help and lots of information to help you make sense of the experience. There are local opportunities to support you to overcome problems and improve your quality of life.
Based at the Dementia Resource Centre, the Alzheimer’s Society provides a one-stop shop for residents of Peterborough whose lives are affected by dementia. Advice, information and support are available to ensure that those who have a diagnosis of dementia and their carers are able to get the help they need in everyday life.
Many services are run from the resource centre, including a monthly dementia café, cognitive stimulation, peer support, carer support and information, and a service user review panel. Activity groups include art & craft, gardening, singing and current affairs.
Mr & Mrs M have been coming to the centre since shortly after it opened. They both currently attend Singing for the Brain. Mrs M enjoys helping to maintain the Dementia Resource Centre garden and has told me how many friends she has made amongst other carers. They often come along just to have lunch at our on-site café and meet others for support & social interaction. Mrs M said that without our support and the centre, she wouldn’t know what she would do and probably wouldn’t be able to cope on her own.
We can all show consideration to people with dementia in our local communities – why not find out more about becoming adementia friend and increasing your understanding of dementia so that you can be supportive to those around you?