Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms and behaviours that occur when the brain stops working properly. This results in loss of independent function for that person.
Daily brain exercises may help decrease your risk of developing dementia by building cognitive reserve.
This page will help you to find local services in relation to dementia quickly and efficiently.
If you are living with dementia, this section offers some practical advice on living your life to the full.
Within communities people are taking action, big and small steps that make a difference in the everyday lives of people with dementia. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
Businesses or service providers can make a big difference to the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
A community champion inspires others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia and their families. Find out how you can become a community champion and the supports available.
How to diminish the risk factors and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Community champions are at the heart of the movement. They bring people in communities together, raise awareness and inspire others to take actions to positively support the lives of people with dementia and their families.
Small steps can make a big difference as you lead your community towards being dementia inclusive. These 6 actions help you and others in your community to take the first steps
A dementia diagnosis will bring change and some challenges to the person’s life. But dementia is only one part of their life. As a champion you can raise awareness within your community how important it is not to lose sight of the person and who they fundamentally are. This will affect all actions communities take towards becoming a dementia inclusive.
The more people know about dementia and how they can be involved in this movement the bigger the impact will be. Your role is to help raise awareness for dementia and share information to reduce the stigma that still surrounds dementia. As a community champion you engage with as many stakeholders as possible, speak out openly and encourage others to do likewise.
Little things can make a big difference on the lives of people with dementia and their families. As a champion you can show others in the community how asking “may I help you”? can positively transform the day for a person. Only by asking will a community know how to support.
The importance of relationships can’t be overstated to those diagnosed with dementia and their families. It is vital not to shy away because of dementia and to continue being in touch, be it their neighbours, friends, service provider and community group. As a champion you can reiterate to members in your community how isolating the diagnosis of dementia can be and that inclusion will impact a person’s well-being.
Keeping active and to enjoy hobbies is a vital part of life. To stay involved in community life and continue to socialise is similarly important for the person with dementia and their family. Dementia should not mean someone stops doing the things they love, but as time goes on, they may need support to do so. As a champion you can encourage others in your community to provide this support.
As a champion you can work with councils, businesses and service providers to help them see their service and amenities through the eyes of someone with dementia.
This helps everyone understand the challenges a person with dementia may have when using services or accessing spaces. It may also change attitudes towards that person or what people do as a result.