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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.
Types of Dementia
We have developed a self-referral process for Deaf / BSL Users.
We have produced a Deaf / BSL version of our service leaflet available on our YouTube channel.
We have produced an Easy Read version of our service leaflet
Sally Townsend, our Community Development Coordinator for schools has produced the following resource list to raise dementia awareness with children and young people.
Join our singing groups where you can meet new people in a friendly, fun and social environment. Singing can improve your brain activity, wellbeing and mood. You don't need to be a good singer to benefit! Join us for fun vocal warm-ups and sing a wide variety of familiar and new songs. More Information Here
Tuesday mornings, 10.30 to 12.15
Bristol Community Links South, Langhill Ave, Bristol, BS4 1TN
Contact: Hannah Newrick on 0117 9610 693
Contact Hannah Newrick
Tel: 07927 590 216
This group is held every Tuesday, 2pm to 3.45pm
This takes place on 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday of every month (2pm to 3.45pm)
Contact Hannah Newrick
Tel:07927 590 216
This group is being held on Zoom every Monday
1.15pm to 2.15pm (except for Bank Holidays)
A virtual group is available weekly on a Wednesday morning, 11.15am-12.15pm on Zoom.
Anyone with concerns about their memory or that of another can attend. Sessions run weekly and often have a guest speaker.
Contact Claire Muscat
Tel: 07872 866 502
This Memory Café takes place on the 2nd Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm
A virtual Memory Café takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday, 3.30pm-4.30pm
This Memory Café takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Regular Support groups for close family, friends and carers of people with Dementia led by experienced facilitators. The groups are places to share concerns and experiences
Withywood Centre, Geoff Cargill Room, Queens Road, Withywood, BS13 8QA
The group is help on the last Thursday of the month 1pm to 3pm. Please contact your Navigator or Practitioner on 0117 947 3120 if you would like to attend.
This group is currently closed due to being at capacity but takes place in Horfield on the last Wednesday of each month 2pm - 3.30pm. If you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, contact your Practitioner or Navigator on 0117 904 5150.
Held at: Verona House, 53 Filwood Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3RX
The group is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 3.30pm
(contact your Navigator or Practitioner on 0117 904 5150 if you'd like to attend)