What is dementia?
Dementia describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. The condition becomes more common as we get older, affecting approximately 1 in 100 people aged 65 to 69, rising to 1 in 3 people over 90.
Some forgetfulness is normal for everyone. It is when increased confusion or memory problems are having a significant impact on our daily lives that we should seek advice and help. If this relates to you or someone you know, make an appointment to see your GP. Your GP will talk through possible causes of memory loss with you as there are a number of treatable conditions. If it is dementia, getting an early diagnosis puts you in control and allows you to access advice, information and support. It is important to talk to family and friends about your diagnosis; they need to understand what’s happening.
Bob, living with dementia in Leeds says “People don’t know what dementia is, and it’s a bit scary at first…Slowly I found I was becoming more confident and positive, learning coping strategies and picking up things”. Bob's full story is available to read in the Documents section.
How can Adult Social Care help?
Dementia will make life difficult in many ways, but that makes it all the more important to live as well as you can. Whether we’re concerned for ourselves or our loved ones; or caring for a person with dementia there is a lot of help available to make things easier.
Local services can help by offering an assessment after diagnosis to find out what help and support you need. This can include help with personal care, help in your home and day services. To arrange an assessment please call 0113 222 4401 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). If you are unable to use the telephone please send an email using the form in the Contact us section on this page.
Carers also have the right to a Carers Assessment. You will need to speak to Carers Leeds to arrange this. A link to their website is available on this page.