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Dementia Information Hub

 

Welcome to the Dementia Information Hub

 

Dementia Action Week 2022 - A week to raise dementia awareness nationally and to take local actions to build more dementia-inclusive and friendly communities. 

 

You are invited to join us to mark Dementia Action Week 2022 by dropping in at any, or all, of the events we’ll be running across the borough, everyone is welcome.

We’ll be running drop-in information sessions about local dementia support. The sessions will include:

  • Information about local Dementia Support, with the opportunity to ask questions
  • Interactive magic tabletop games
  • A virtual reality experience – to help you understand more about dementia

You can attend these drop-in sessions

  • on Monday 16 May, between 11am -1pm at the Woolwich Centre Library, 35 Wellington St. Woolwich SE18 6HQ
  • on Tuesday 17 May, between 2pm – 4pm  at Eltham Library, Archery Rd, Eltham SE9 1HA
  • on Wednesday 18 May, between 10am – 12pm at the Greenwich Centre Library, 12 Lambarde Square, Greenwich SE10 9HB 

In addition to this, Grant Saw Solicitors will be hosting a presentation and Q&A on Lasting Power of Attorney on Thursday 19 May 11am – 12pm.

 

The session will cover what a Lasting Power of Attorney is and how to set one up. This is a hybrid event, you can join in person or online.  

 

There are limited spaces, to book a place contactAngelika Welzel-Connolly



We look forward to seeing you. 

Greenwich MindCare Dementia Information and Support service delivers high quality support to help Greenwich residents diagnosed with dementia live well and maintain their independence as long as possible. The service also supports those who are an unpaid carer for someone with dementia.

Website: Greenwich MindCare

To speak to your local Dementia Adviser call MindCare on:

020 3198 2222 or email: greenwich@mindcare.org.uk

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For current local Dementia Support Services, please click the Dementia Support in Greenwich tile below.

If you would like to find out how to get involved in making Greenwich a nicer place to live for people with dementia and carers, click the Dementia Reference Group tile below. 

For general dementia queries please e-mail: Angelika Welzel-Connolly

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a over hundred types of diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and dementia with lewy bodies. Symptoms can include gradual loss of memory, confusion, and problems with thinking, speaking and carrying out simple tasks.

10 warning signs of dementia:

  1. Memory Loss
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation to time and place
  5. Poor or decreased judgment
  6. Problems keeping track of things
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes of mood and behaviour
  9. Trouble with images and spatial relationships
  10. Withdrawal from work or social activities

Dementia is not a part of normal ageing. 

Dementia affects around 850,000 people in the UK and becomes more common with age, although it can develop in younger people. Most people who develop dementia are over 65, but it is not a normal part of growing old and most older people never develop dementia.

Everyday almost 600 people develop dementia in the UK. Diagnoses of dementia in Greenwich are predicted to increase by 30% by 2021 with numbers estimated to increase to over 2500. Over 100 people in Greenwich under 65 have a diagnosis of dementia.

For more information on Dementia please click here.