What is dementia?
Dementia is a term which is used to describe a number of different symptoms or conditions that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. It is caused when the brain is damaged by disease, most commonly Alzheimer's disease, or a series of strokes.
In Bristol there are an estimated 4,500 people living with the condition. Over the next 30 years, we expect that number to increase by a third.
Providing effective health and social care that enables people to live well with dementia is therefore a priority. To provide this care, we’re working closely with partners such as Bristol City Council, Alzheimer’s Society and the city’s hospital trusts.
How to spot dementia:
Symptoms of dementia can include:
You can read more about how to spot the signs of dementia at the NHS Choices website, or Alzheimer's Society.
How to reduce your risk of getting dementia
Leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of getting dementia. This includes stopping smoking, taking regular exercise, eating a well-balanced diet and keeping yourself mentally stimulated.
What to do if you suspect dementia
If you are worried that you, or someone close to you, has dementia, then the more quickly you seek help, the better.
Your GP can rule out other conditions with similar symptoms and give you further advice, information and support on dementia. They may offer medication if appropriate.
If your GP is unable to make a diagnosis, they may refer you to a memory clinic or arrange further tests.
Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service
Dementia care in the city is provided by the Dementia Wellbeing Service . The service is delivered by Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust working together as the Bristol Dementia Partnership.
People living will dementia will be referred to the Dementia Wellbeing Service through their GP.
The new service has been designed to provide a personalised package of care, tailored to the individual. It includes continuous, one-to-one support local to where someone lives and the creation of a personalised wellbeing plan. This will provide long term support from assessment and diagnosis until the end of their life, including extensive support for those with the most complex and challenging needs. Families and carers will also benefit from practical help, training and advice.
We have now launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. We commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city. You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
Some of the great feedback we have already received:
Participants/community leaders: “The films are fantastic as they are so respectful of culture and language. Beautifully done, with great thought. I can see the care and attention that have been put into them”
“Great work well done to you and the rest of the Team”.
Bristol BME Voice: “Fantastic short films on Dementia from @BristolDWS available in 6 languages!”
Local Councillor: “Thank you so much - what a great resource"
Local MPs: "This information is very valuable" / "Thank you once again for bringing these valuable educational resources to my attention"
Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor: “Thank you for sharing these films with me. They will be a really useful tool for engaging with those communities who may otherwise find it difficult to access information on dementia.”
Posted at 09:16 on 01/08/2017
BREAKING NEWS! Our new short films talking about dementia and how you get can support in Bristol are now live!
Please click on the links under 'Dementia - Your questions answered' above
Posted at 16:11 on 31/07/2017
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