Dementia Awareness

Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. There are many causes of dementia, with Alzheimer’s the most common.

The Alzheimers Research UK website provides specific information about common causes of dementia, along with more general information. It does not replace any advice given by doctors, nurses or pharmacists, but aims to give background information which we hope you find helpful.

The Alzheimers Society website has lots of information including an A to Z of dementia which gives you bite-size information on a variety of dementia-related topics, and also shows you where to find more detailed information.

NHS Choices say – If you’re becoming increasingly forgetful, particularly if you’re over the age of 65, it may be a good idea to talk to your GP about the early signs of dementia.

As you get older, you may find that memory loss becomes a problem. It’s normal for your memory to be affected by age, stress, tiredness, or certain illnesses and medications. This can be annoying if it happens occasionally, but if it’s affecting your daily life or is worrying you or someone you know, you should seek help from your GP. Click here for more!

Dementia is considered ‘young onset’ when it affects people under 65 years of age. It is also referred to as ‘early onset’ or ‘working age’ dementia. However this is an arbitrary age distinction which is becoming less relevant as increasingly services are realigned to focus on the person and the impact of the condition, not the age. Visit:

A Participation and Engagement Programme for People with Dementia and their Carers
This evaluation report of the Living Well with Dementia Programme, developed and delivered by NEMHDU and Karen Picking Associates in partnership with the North East Dementia Alliance, was published at the end of last month.

The reported findings have highlighted both successes and challenges of the piloted programme model.

Give free confidential advice and support on any aspect of dementia care. Staffed exclusively by Admiral Nurses, they can give you specialist practical and emotional support if you’re dealing with a diagnosis, worried about your memory or the memory of a loved one, or if you are a professional carer for a person with dementia. Visit:

Dementia Friends is about giving more people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could make a difference to people living in their community. It makes such a huge difference to people with dementia if those around them know what dementia is and how it might affect them.

Click here to enter your details to get your FREE Dementia Friends pack. Keep watching the video and at the end you can enter your details to become a Dementia Friend.

This recent report for the Northern Rock Foundation outlines the state of dementia care in the North East of England, as of July 2014. It provides a summary of demographic trends, work that is being undertaken to support people with dementia and their carers by statutory, voluntary and academic sectors.

It highlights progress made and gaps in service development and provision; setting this work against the policy context and the views and experiences of people with dementia and their carers.
A shorter summary of the report is available, and there is an excellent info graphic which represents the report visually.

Click here to access the full Report and here for the Report Summary.

DemTalk is the online toolkit for effective communication with and for people living with dementia. It offers free advice and shares ideas about how everyone can make communication easier and better. Different versions of the toolkit are tailored for different people. Choose the tab that sounds most like you and take a look.

Click here!

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Dementia Awareness in South Tyneside

Alzheimers Society in South Tyneside have a range of support services for the people of South Tyneside. You can contact them on: Tel: 0191 4275443 or Email: Click here for information on: Awareness Raising South Tyneside Community Dementia Forum Awareness Raising South Tyneside Media and Campaign Group Day care Hebburn Alexandra Lodge Day care South Shields Garden Court Dementia Cafe Jarrow St Matthews Dementia Cafe South Shields St Gregorys Dementia Support South Tyneside Information Provision South Tyneside Peer Support Jarrow Carers Meeting Peer Support South Shields Carers Meeting SftB Jarrow St Matthews SftB South Shields St Gregory’s Friday SftB South Shields St Gregory’s Monday

Dementia Service – Sunderland and South Tyneside (Tyzack Ward, Monkwearmouth Hospital) The team is a community based service for the diagnosis and management of dementia for people under 65, although we occasionally accept patients over 65. We are based at Monkwearmouth Hospital, Newcastle Road, Sunderland, although people are usually seen in their own homes. Click here to download their service leaflet. Care Homes / Nursing Homes for Dementia in South Tyneside Area – click here

The Carers Association in South Tyneside (CAST) provides support, information and respite services for family, unpaid carers, including young carers. We also have a carers Advocacy service. You can contact them on: 0191 454 3346.

South Tyneside Council is collaborating with its NHS and voluntary sector partners in addressing the challenge of improving services in line with the National Dementia Strategy, and of increasing demand due to an ageing population. Click here to find useful information as well as the Dementia Local Action Plan and Strategy Newsletter.

Dementia Awareness in Sunderland

Provide support and information to older people who have been diagnosed with Dementia and their carers. Click here for more information. Contact 0191 522 1310 or Email: Volunteers are required to help support the work of the Essence service – Interested? Contact 0191 522 1310

Dementia Support – The service is open to people with dementia and carers who are currently caring for a relative or friend as well as those who have been bereaved or whose relative or friend is in residential or nursing care. Carers and people with dementia can choose to receive individual support and/or can attend one of the regular groups on offer. Target group(s): People of all ages with dementia and their carers Hours available: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 4.30pm Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm Telephone: 0191 564 0890 Email:

Dementia Cafe at Bede Tower – A regular informal meeting for people with dementia and their carers, friends and families, to meet each other and learn more about dementia with support from professionals. Target group(s): People with dementia, their carers and families, and professionals in health and social care Hours available: Monday – Thursday 9.00am to 4.30pm Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm Telephone: 0191 564 0890 Email:

Befriending – Befriending service provides personalised support for people with dementia and/or their carers whether in their own home or during outings & activities within the community. Offers companionship and emotional support rather than care or respite. Service does not provide personal care. Target group(s): People of all ages with dementia and their carers? Hours available: 9.30am to 4.30pm Mon, Tue, Fri. Telephone: 0191 564 0890 Email:

Carer Support Group – Peer support and information provision for Carers of people with dementia. Target group(s): Carers of people with dementia of all ages Hours available: Monday – Thursday 9.00am to 4.30pm Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm Telephone: 0191 564 0890 Email:

Day care – The service aims to provide either a long or short term, flexible commitment to people at varying stages of their dementia, enabling them to maintain their independence and continue living at home. A variety of structured organised daily activities are provided, in consultation with clients taking into account individual needs and requests. Pursuits include table games, art work/crafts, physical exercise and music activities. Target group(s): People with dementia of all ages Hours available: Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5.00pm Telephone: 0191 564 0890

Oakfield Court – Held in Anchor Housing property. The cafe provides both the person with dementia and their carer an opportunity to socialise together and meet others in a supported and friendly atmosphere within the community. Target group(s): People of all ages with dementia and their carers? Hours available: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm Telephone: 0191 564 0890 Email:

Hospital Services Monkwearmouth Hospital Newcastle Road Sunderland SR5 1NB Tel: 0191 5656256 Hopewood Park Waterworks Road Ryhope Sunderland SR2 0NB Tel: 0191 213 0151

Young Dementia has a Sunderland group – The Integrated Community Mental Health Team support for younger people (under 65) with dementia, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Contact them on 0191 569 9149

Action on Dementia Sunderland is a voluntary organisation that was formed to provide support within the City of Sunderland to people who have dementia and their families, carers and friends. They offer a range of services including memory cafes. Visit:

Offer a range of support services for carers. There are based in Thompson Park, Thompson Road, Sunderland, SR5 1SF. Contact: 0191 549 3768 or Email: Visit: for further information on their services.

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