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Support for adults with dementia

What is dementia?
Dementia describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. The risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65.

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.

Adult Social Care 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. Carers also have the right to a Carers Assessment. To arrange an assessment please call 0113 222 4401 (or textphone 0113 222 4410).

Local services

​There are a number of different organisation offering services for Dementia, some of them are listed here and you can find links to their websites in the external links section on this page. 

You can find out about local services, including dementia cafes and activities, from the Leeds Alzheimer’s Society.  (For any type of dementia, not just Alzheimer’s disease).   

The Leeds Directory is a searchable list of organisations that can help you live more independently.

The Leeds Memory Service is accessed via your GP.  It provides specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for people experiencing memory problems.

Memory drop-in sessions at Leeds Central library for people with memory problems, people with dementia, their carers, or anyone who would like more information. Further details can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this information.

The Leeds Dementia Peer Support Service runs activities and support groups (see the documents section on this page).  

Carers Leeds runs groups for carers of someone with dementia. They can also offer support if you are worried about someone, or if the person with possible dementia is not acknowledging any problems. 

The Leeds Telecare service provides a range of equipment and technology that can help with personal safety. In the Related pages section you'll find a page called Adpatations and equipment for your home.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue offer free safety checks. 

Advocacy services can help with decision making and planning for the future, taking action to help you say what you want, secure your rights, represent your interests and obtain services you need. All advocacy services in Leeds can be contacted through Advonet, who will help choose the right service for you. 

Adult social care offers assessment and advice, which can lead to a range of services to help with personal care, day services or carers’ breaks (see the related pages section).

The Leeds Centre for Integrated Living can help you plan and design your own support, either with your own funds, or an individual budget from Adult Social Care. 

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust run many services for people with dementia. ​

Memory drop-in sessions

Dementia Friendly Leeds

​The Leeds Dementia Action Alliance brings together support groups, organisations and people in Leeds who want to work for a "dementia-friendly" Leeds. To sign up, you have to commit to taking action.

You could have a dementia awareness talk from the Leeds Alzheimer’s Society, make improvements to lighting and signage in a shop, or set up a neighbourhood group or initiative. Please visit the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance website using the link below.

Leeds Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Friends

Leeds City Council is supporting the new Dementia Friends campaign, launched by Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, to help people develop an understanding of dementia by watching a short video online or by attending a face-to-face information session.  They can then help people in their community living with the condition.  

To find out more and become a Dementia Friend, click on the link below.​​

Become a Dementia Friend

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