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Dementia and memory loss

Information about dementia and support if you are worried about your own, or someone else's memory

The Alzheimer's Society booklet Worried about your memory? will help you understand more about memory loss so that you can seek advice and, if necessary, get treatment and support. Becoming forgetful does not necessarily mean that you have dementia. Memory loss can be an effect of ageing or a symptom of stress or depression.

The Society also produces a range of factsheets, including some in other languages and offers a helpline and local support groups.

Updated April 2017

Dementia Together support service

Whether you are interested in dementia information, would like to connect with others, looking for health and social care professional support, or need help planning for the future, Dementia Together aims to help with all aspects of dementia care in Suffolk.

The service provides:

  • Comprehensive information on all aspects of the condition
  • Access to support services
  • Expert practical guidance on how to navigate services, support, and decisions
  • self-referral process for individuals, families and professionals
  • Support to manage and live well with the condition
  • Information, Navigation & Support for communities, professionals, and businesses

Provided by Sue Ryder, the service will mean people will only need to tell their story once to access help across the county. 

Contact Dementia Together on:

  • Freephone: 08081 688 000

        Monday to Friday: 9am – 6pm

        Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 10am – 4pm

Local support and services

There are many organisations and services to support people with dementia, their families and family carers in Suffolk, including

Other support groups and services in Suffolk and further afield are listed here.

Contact Customer First if you need help to find out what care and support is available locally.

Information for people with dementia, families and carers

Equipment and technology

Equipment and assistive technology to help support the independence and leisure opportunities of people with dementia is available from 

AT Dementia

Disabled Living Foundation

HCE Solutions

Living Aids Direct 

NRS Healthcare

Getting equipped to tackle forgetfulness - A guide for the family and friends of people experiencing memory problems and confusion to the wide range of equipment, gadgets and technology available

There are telephone services available to give a reminders, eg to take medication. These can be automated or personal calls, such as

Telecare Technology

OkEachDay 

Senior Response

CareConnectMe,

smart phone apps

Just checking an easy-to-use online activity monitoring system that helps people who are becoming forgetful stay independent in their own home 

Unforgettable.org offers product information, helpful articles and expert advice, the latest dementia and memory loss news, a chance to share your experiences and find reassurance in a friendly community

Legal matters

Information is available from Gov.uk about:

Lasting Power of Attorney

Making decisions on behalf of someone

The Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK also have information and advice about how to get a Lasting Power of Attorney

Online support networks and e-learning

  • The Open Dementia Programme is for anyone who comes into contact with dementia and provides a general introduction to the disease and the experience of living with it. The modules are interactive and include text, audio and video

  • Talking Point An online support and discussion forum for anyone affected by dementia

Reminiscence therapy

  • Pictures to Share Illustrated books suitable for people with dementia

  • Rekindling memories Collections of objects and pictures that can be borrowed from Suffolk museums by individuals or groups working with the elderly or those with memory loss to help stimulate memories and conversation

Real life stories

Look at videos about dementia, living with the condition, or caring for someone with dementia.

Watch videos from NHS Choices and hear about other people's experiences of living with dementia.

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