Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, conditions affecting the brain.
The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million.
It is important that an accurate diagnosis is made as early as possible so that people can receive the appropriate advice, support and treatment, and can start planning for their future.
Where to go for help
If you are worried that you or a loved one is suffering from memory problems, please arrange to see your GP. If appropriate, your GP can then refer you to the local Memory Assessment Service.
Medway Community Mental Health Team for Older People
The team assesses patients’ needs and then offers appropriate services, including memory clinics for dementia, psychology services, groups, carer support, and outpatient clinics.
You can call the team on 01634 382 080.
Dementia Crisis Support Service
Supports people with dementia and their carers who live at home. The service is intended to enable people to remain in their own homes and reduce unnecessary admissions into Medway Hospital.
Phone: 01634 583 423
Visit the Dementia Crisis Support Service website
Age UK Medway
Age UK Medway provides Day Services, Welfare Fund, and Information and Advice. The day service includes: transport, hot food, and activities.
Phone: 01634 572 616
Visit the Age UK website
Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of support activities to promote social interaction and provide a dementia friendly environment to receive advice and support. Activities include: peer support groups, dementia cafes, and carer coffee mornings.
Phone: 01622 747 181
Medway Admiral Nursing
Admiral nurses are specialist mental health nurses, working within the NHS and trained and developed by the charity Dementia UK. They provide the highest possible standards or care for people with dementia and help improve the experiences of all those affected by the illness, including their families and carers.
Phone: 01634 382 080
Visit the Kent and Medway NHS website
Carers First runs services in Medway, supporting adult carers and their families, as well as young carers under the age of 18. Specific services include: groups, hospital support, and carers assessments.
Phone: 0300 303 1555
Visit the Carers First website