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An Introduction to Dementia. . .

Dementia is a generic terms for conditions that have an effect on both short and long-term memory.  In addition to memory loss, a progressive loss of other mental abilities takes place which is often accompanied by changes in behaviour and skills.  Dementia is a progressive illness and has the effect of reducing the function of the brain by destroying brain cells which cannot be replaced.  Dementia can be present in a many different forms, these include:-

Further useful information can be obtained from the following booklet produced by Southern Health:  Older People's Mental Health

Dementia Lunch & Learn Package:  

The Dementia Lunch and Learn package is FREE to all Wessex Practices as Wessex LMCs is keen to support all the national work on Dementia and sees this resource as a major way in getting some messages across to all who work in general practice.

This training resource is to give everyone a basic idea of what dementia is and what the common symptoms are. It looks briefly too at the main risk factors to dementia. Subsequently, there are the tools which can be used to enable you to become a dementia friendly practice.

The aim of the session is to widen awareness of the illness and the effect it can have on patients and how as a practice you can make changes to enhance the care of your dementia patients.

There are some useful video clips in the resource so access to an internet connection would be useful if that is available. However – they are not essential.

Please do not be daunted by all the suggestions within the iSPACE programme – just making a few changes in the right direction is a great start.

All staff should benefit from this – and please encourage locums to join you if you run a lunchtime session for all staff.

Other Useful Dementia Information / Links:

NHS England South - Dementia Diagnosis

DAA National Dementia Declaration

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Website

Lymington Dementia Action Group Website

Becoming a Dementia Friend Website

Dementia Action Group Details

AndoverMind Website

HCC Dementia Friendly Hampshire

HCC Dementia Friendly Toolkit

Carers Trust Website

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire Website

The Princess Royal Trust - Carer Information and Services Guide

The Princess Royal Trust - Do you help look after someone Leaflet

The Princess Royal Trust - Emergency Planning for Carers Leaflet

Parkinsons Society Website

Alzheimers Society Website

Alzheimer's Society - "This is me" Booklet

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) Brochure, Southern Health

Memory Assessment & Research Centre (MARC)

Driving Safely for Life Brochure

Wessex Academic Health Science Network

Age Concern Website

BrendonCare for Older People Website

Poetry Cares

Care Act 2014 (Update April 2015) Website

Useful Contact Telephone Numbers:

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