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The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.
An early diagnosis can help people with dementia get the right treatment and support, and help those close to them to prepare and plan for the future. With treatment and support, many people are able to lead active, fulfilled lives.
The Alzheimer’s Society for Lambeth and Southwark provide information, support and advice to people who are worried about or affected by dementia. A Dementia Support Worker or Dementia Adviser can see people at the office or in their home and you can self-refer. They run a monthly carers support group, one in Lambeth and one in Southwark, held at the Daffodil Café and organise activities.
The Southwark and Lambeth Memory Service (SLMS) provides specialist assessment, investigation, early diagnosis and treatment for anyone over the age of 65 or anyone under that age where dementia is suspected. Our teams are made up of psychologists, nurses, occupational therapist’s and doctors. Anyone who is referred to the memory service is seen either at home or in a local clinic. Using the latest diagnostic tools to detect very early dementia, staff carry out an initial assessment and follow up with a talk about the results. It’s at this stage that a diagnosis can be made with a referral for appropriate treatment as required.
A film explaining what dementia is and how it effects the brain.
Carers' Hub Lambeth offers a range of services to unpaid carers who are either living or supporting someone in Lambeth. If you look after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour because of their ill health or disability we are here to help.
Dementia Action Alliance brings together leading organisations across England committed to transforming health and social care outcomes for people affected by dementia.
Packed with information about the diagnosis, symptoms, real stories and tips on how to stay independent for longer
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.
Charity leading the fight against dementia
This factsheet looks at some of the devices and technologies that can make getting on with life easier for people with dementia and their carers. It also suggests the steps someone can take if they think that they, or someone they are caring for, could benefit from some of these.
This site is designed to provide patients with dementia, their carers and family members with helpful resources and information.