Living with dementia can be overwhelming and very difficult. You’re not alone, support is available in the Epping Forest district for people with dementia and their carers.
What is dementia?
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that over time can affect memory, problem-solving, language and behaviour. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. For more information, read the NHS’s guide on dementia.
There are currently around 900,000 people with dementia in the UK, and millions more caring for their loved ones. It is one of the main causes of disability later in life.
Dementia-friendly groups and support
A network of dementia-friendly groups and support in the Epping Forest district is here to support everyone with dementia and their carers, providing information, advice, activities and support groups. You can find a list of individuals and organisations committed to improving the health and social care outcomes for those affected by dementia on our dementia webpage.
Dementia is a terminal disease
Councillor Smruti Patel, responsible for Community Health & Wellbeing said:
It’s important for carers to get the support they need to help maintain the dignity, confidence and self-esteem of those affected by this awful disease. A widespread misconception is that dementia is a natural, inevitable part of ageing, it’s not, it’s a terminal disease. Dementia was the leading cause of death in Britain for the last 10 years.
I’m proud to say that the Epping Forest district is officially a dementia friendly community, recognising the need for activities and support for people living with dementia and their carers.
We have a network of dementia-friendly groups and support in Epping Forest which can help you understand dementia and cope with the day-to-day challenges you face.
Help those affected by dementia to feel valued and included and make use of the help and support available near you.
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