What is dementia?
'Dementia' is used to describe a group of related symptoms caused by damage to the brain, whilst dementia is more common in older people; it is not an inevitable part of ageing.
The symptoms depend on the particular form of dementia but include memory, thinking, language, understanding and judgment.
Signs and Symptoms
The following signs could be the early symptoms of dementia:
- struggling to remember recent events, but easily recalling things that happened in the past
- struggling to follow conversations or programmes on TV
- having problems thinking or reasoning
- feeling confused even when in a familiar environment
If you have concerns visit your GP, this will help you get the right treatment and support so you can live well for longer.
Anybody can become a Dementia Friend; it's just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition. This could be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay.
Dementia Friends or email
Dementia Friendly Communities
Wakefield has already committed to the social movement that is Dementia Friendly Communities and is recognised as 'working to become dementia friendly 2014/15'.
This achievement is as a result of many businesses, organisations and groups that have come together to pledge to make that difference and become more 'dementia friendly'; making simple adjustments to remove barriers for those living with dementia.
Examples of what organisations in Wakefield have already achieved can be found in the
Working towards a Dementia Friendly Wakefield booklet.
Interested organisations and businesses should contact Wakefield Dementia Action Alliance at
firstname.lastname@example.org; you could be awarded with a 'working to become Dementia Friendly' recognition logo and become a member of Wakefield District Dementia Friendly Community.
Support in Wakefield