Dementia

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. 

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.

Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way. The different types of dementia tend to affect people differently, especially in the early stages. How others respond to the person, and how supportive or enabling the person’s surroundings are, also greatly affect how well someone can live with dementia. A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms (problems with thinking or memory). 

They will often have problems with some of the following: 
  • day-to-day memory – difficulty recalling events that happened recently 
  • concentrating, planning or organising – difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (e.g. cooking a meal) 
  • language – difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something 
  • visuospatial skills – problems judging distances (e.g. on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions 
  • orientation – losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are. 

As well as these cognitive symptoms, a person with dementia will often have changes in their mood. For example, they may become frustrated or irritable, withdrawn, anxious, easily upset or unusually sad. With some types of dementia, the person may see things that are not really there (visual hallucinations) or believe things that are not true (delusions). 

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually get worse over time. How quickly dementia progresses varies greatly from person to person.

Memory Clinic 

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have produced a Tameside Dementia Memory Clinic leaflet providing details on where to access information to enable you to live well with dementia, access education about dementia, peer support, social groups, healthy living, finance and benefits and other useful information.

Post Diagnostic Support in Tameside and Glossop

There is a lot of help and support available for people who have received a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or dementia.  The Memory Clinic run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has developed a series of leaflets to help you to find the information and support you may need following diagnosis.

The leaflets cover Tameside, Glossop and details of the Memory Information Group run by the Memory Clinic.  These leaflets can be read and downloaded by clicking the links below:

Tameside Dementia information leaflet (October 2017)

Glossop Dementia information leaflet (October 2017)

Updated Glossop Activities for people living with dementia and their carers 

Memory Information Group

We will be updating this information on a regular basis to bring you news of the Tameside and Glossop Post Diagnostic Support Offer that will be a major part of delivering the Integrated Care Organisation for Tameside and Glossop.

Dementia: care, support and awareness - NEW Government Survey
The Government’s aim is for England to be the best place in the world for people with dementia, their families and carers to live and the best place to undertake research into dementia.

The Government wants to hear first-hand from people with dementia, their families and carers if we are making a difference to your day to day lives.

The survey is for:
  • any person in England who has received a diagnosis of dementia in the last two years (between November 2014 and November 2016)
  • any person in England who currently provides unpaid care or support to a family member, friend or neighbour who has been diagnosed with dementia in the last two years (between November 2014 and November 2016)

If this survey isn't for you, we will be talking to other groups of people about dementia in the future. If you would like to hear more about this work, sign up for dementia updates from the Department of Health.

The link to the survey is here