If you're concerned that you or someone you know may have dementia, you should first speak to your GP. However, we can support people with dementia, and their carers, to help maintain independence and quality of life.
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing; as we age the risk of developing dementia does increase, but it is actually caused by a disease. There are other conditions that can mimic the early signs of dementia, causing confusion or memory loss - a visit to the doctor could sort these out.
Assessing your care needs
We'll need to discuss what type of support you might need during an assessment. This may include support to continue living independently at home or day care for instance. We'll also let you know if we can help to pay for your care and support; if you qualify for a personal budget, we can also discuss the arrangements that will suit you best.
Other support for people with dementia
There are also a number of local care homes which offer support to people with dementia. We also offer a range of equipment which can help support those diagnosed with dementia at home.
More information about local services, providers and groups is available from Live Well York, or from the following community organisations:
- Dementia Forward - a range of information, advice and support to people with dementia and their carers, in the York area
- Alzheimer’s Society - search for details about activities and support available to people living with dementia and their carers in the York area
- Age UK York - a range of support, advice and information for older people in York
'Dementia friendly' city
Organisations in York have agreed to help make the city ‘dementia friendly’, meaning it's a good place to live for people with dementia and their carers.
York Dementia Action Alliance is a local group which brings together organisations working to improve the lives of people with dementia in the York area; they're leading the work to make York a ‘dementia friendly city’.
Living with dementia
Find out more about what it's like to live with dementia by watching this video.
Dementia and the Herbert Protocol
When a person goes missing, it is very distressing for family and friends and can be even more worrying when the missing person has dementia.
The Herbert Protocol is a simple risk reduction tool to help the police in their search for people with dementia who go missing.
National dementia research
To take part in national dementia research, visit the National Institue for Health Research website.