Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders or conditions affecting the brain, associated with an ongoing decline of brain function. 

Treatment and support can be provided to support individuals and carers and everyone is ecouraged to access support for dementia whether it is for themselves or for a loved one. Carer support is also provided.  

The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million.

It is important that an accurate diagnosis is made as early as possible so that people can receive the appropriate advice, support and treatment, and can start planning for their future.

Where can I go for help?

If you are worried that you or a loved one is suffering from memory problems, please arrange to see your GP. If appropriate, your GP can then refer you to the local Memory Assessment Service.

Medway Community Mental Health Team for Older People

The team assesses patients’ needs and then offers appropriate services, including memory clinics for dementia, psychology services, groups, carer support, and outpatient clinics.

01634 382080

Dementia Crisis Support Service

Supports people with dementia and their carers who live at home. The service is intended to enable people to remain in their own homes and reduce unnecessary admissions into Medway Hospital.

01634 583423 

Age UK Medway

Age UK Medway provides Day Services, Welfare Fund, and Information and Advice. The day service includes: transport, hot food, and activities.

01634 572616 

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of support activities to promote social interaction and provide a dementia friendly environment to receive advice and support. Activities include: peer support groups, dementia cafes, and carer coffee mornings.

01622 747181 

Medway Admiral Nursing

Admiral nurses are specialist mental health nurses, working within the NHS and trained and developed by the charity Dementia UK. They provide the highest possible standards or care for people with dementia and help improve the experiences of all those affected by the illness, including their families and carers.

01634 382080 

Carers First

Carers First runs services in Medway, supporting adult carers and their families, as well as young carers under the age of 18. Specific services include: groups, hospital support, and carers assessments.

0300 303 1555 

Notes

Both the Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults and the Medway Admiral Nursing Team are provided by Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust.