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
For dementia support for people living in Waveney, please telephone 01603 763556 or email Norfolk@alzheimers.org.uk
They can help you, whether you're:
- having worries about your memory
- living with dementia
- caring for someone with dementia
- a health professional
Dementia support groups
There are many organisations and services which support people with dementia, their families and family carers in Suffolk, including:
- Alzheimer’s Society dementia directory to find support near you
- Suffolk InfoLink: a list of local support groups
- Suffolk Family Carers can provide information on support groups for carers
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?