Dementia is a terrible illness that can make people feel helpless, whether they are the person living with the condition or a loved one.
No-one wants to see it happen to a member of their family or a friend, and likewise if you’ve just been diagnosed, the chances are that you will want someone to talk to.
There are many different types of dementia and, sadly, people sometimes present a combination. In 2014, an estimated 850,000 people in the UK were living with dementia.
There are plenty of people who are working hard to try and help those affected by all types of dementia, some of which you can find below:
• Dementia UK offers those in need the chance to meet and work alongside an Admiral Nurse. They provide the specialist support that families need in hard times. Admiral Nurses work all across the UK providing help and you can find your nearest one here.
Dementia UK also has a helpline for those who require some guidance or need someone to talk to instantly. Just call 0800 888 6678. Find out more about the support Dementia UK can offer here.
• 773, 503 of the people living with dementia are aged over 65 and, thanks to Age UK, there is a new forum for this generation who is suffering.
Gransnet is a wonderful platform available for people to utilise, whether that is for the social aspect, to chat in an open forum or to read articles that may be relevant to them. Visit gransnet here.
• Age UK is a fantastic charity that also helps people to connect in other ways. It runs Friendship centres nationally, which are a great way to meet like-minded people and to make new friends in the area.
These groups can really help those that are in similar positions meet and share advice for coping with certain issues. Find your nearest centre here.
• The Dementia Alliance International is an organisation that requires membership. If you have a medically confirmed diagnosis of any type of dementia anywhere in the world, you can become a member and it holds regular online support groups as well as webinars from other members.
• The Alzheimer’s Society offers a directory so that you can search for groups and services near to you by using your postcode. It is called Dementia Connect and it will help people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to find support locally.
• Dementia Adventure is a fantastic charity for those who need some respite. They are dedicated to helping people who live with dementia and their carers to continue to live full and satisfying lives through access to the outdoors and nature.
This charity can arrange ‘adventures’ from something as simple as a walk in the park to sailing holidays to help bring some enjoyment into the lives of those living with dementia.
Of course, you can also visit your local GP who may have knowledge of smaller local support groups and can advise you where to go.
Finally, you can always get in touch with us at telmenow.com for advice. We also have a great range of technological products, which can help to make life a little easier.
If you know of any support groups near you please let us know and we can help spread the word.