Dementia Action Week

14th May 2021

As part of Dementia Action Week (17 – 23 May) Dorset HealthCare is urging local people to talk to a professional if they are worried someone may be experiencing early signs of dementia.

Dementia is not only about memory loss. It can affect the way people speak, think, feel and behave.

It’s normal for your memory to be affected by stress, tiredness, certain illnesses and medicines. But if you or someone you know is becoming increasingly forgetful, it’s a good idea to talk to a GP about the early signs of dementia so dedicated support can be provided.

Dorset HealthCare, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Help & Care and Age UK were delighted to announce the launch of a new dementia services pathway to support Dorset residents from 1 April this year.

The Memory Assessment Service offers a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment service for people with dementia.

All patients with a diagnosis of dementia will be referred to local charity Help & Care who will provide on-going support for patients and their carers/families. 

Age UK in Dorset is able to offer cognitive stimulation therapy providing certain criteria is met.

Kathy Sheret, Service Lead for Memory Assessment Services at Dorset HealthCare, said:

“The launch of these services represents the culmination of several years’ work and brings new investment to support people with dementia and their families. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, please visit your GP so you can be referred to our Memory Assessment Service so we can support you.”

More information about the new dementia service pathway and how people can be referred can be found on this webpage and in this leaflet.

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