What is dementia?
Dementia causes the brain to deteriorate more quickly than the usual ageing process. Even though it often affects older people, it's important to know that dementia is not a normal part of getting older, and can also affect younger people.
People with dementia experience the condition in different ways. One of the most common symptoms is memory loss. The NHS gives more information about the symptoms of dementia.
Having dementia can have a significant impact on a person and their family and friends. Whether you have dementia yourself, or you're caring for someone who does, it's important to look after yourself, find support and plan for the future.
Getting support in Suffolk
If you're unsure where to start with getting dementia support, you can chat to Dementia Together Suffolk on their free helpline.
They can help you, whether you're:
- having worries about your memory
- living with dementia
- caring for someone with dementia
- a health professional
They also have a practical help guide on their website to help you get started.
Dementia support groups
There are many organisations and services which support people with dementia, their families and family carers in Suffolk, including:
- Age UK Suffolk: The Chilton Club
- Alzheimer's Society: Side by Side service
- Dementia Together Suffolk: a list of local support groups
- Suffolk InfoLink: a list of local support groups
- Young people living with dementia: support groups for people under 65 years
You can raise dementia awareness and understanding in your community by becoming a Dementia Friend.
Dementia Friends can get involved with things like volunteering, campaigning or wearing a badge to raise awareness. Why don't you be a Dementia Friend for Suffolk?