Dementia

For anyone caring for someone with any form of dementia we have respite available and specialised support for you to access

36% of Carers of someone with Dementia spend more than 100 hours per week caring. The Dementia Carers community in the UK is massive and growing each year as we continue to live longer. Dementia Carers are not only saving the country billions of pounds per year, but they are also responsible for supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society.

There is no one-size-fits-all ‘Guide to Caring’ when you become a Carer for a person living with Dementia. It is often a journey of trial and error, figuring out what works best for the person you support and adapting over time.

Despite being such a large community, many Dementia Carers report feeling isolated in their caring role. Many end up focus on supporting the person living with Dementia with their complex physical, practical and emotional needs while neglecting their own needs as a Carer. We hope to encourage more Carers to connect with one another, share their experiences, and create a broader network to lean on.

We run 3 monthly peer support groups for dementia Carers. Click the buttons below for more info.

Evening Peer Support Group

Please email Audrey@WandsworthCarers.org.uk for more information or to begin receiving regular reminders about this group!

Iris Café

Please email Audrey@WandsworthCarers.org.uk for more information or to begin receiving regular reminders about this group!

Sunflower Café

Please email Audrey@WandsworthCarers.org.uk for more information or to begin receiving regular reminders about this group!

There are also lots of other very useful Dementia Services which can provide key facts, resources, and support for you and the person you care for. We have a few of these resources below to download. In addition, we periodically run Dementia Training Courses to empower Carers to better understand Dementia and how it impacts the person they care for. For more resources, advice, signposting, and support, please contact our Dementia Lead Audrey Tipson Audrey@wandsworthcarers.org.uk

We have a variety of cafes, groups, events, and activities for Dementia Carers.

Making connections with other Carers can be a great way to join a supportive community and feel less alone in your caring role. Plus, we always have fun with refreshments, crafts, music, and entertainment!

Subtypes of Dementia

  • Alzheimer's
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Parkinson's Dementia
  • Other

Dementia is an umbrella term for a collection of symptoms like memory loss, personality change, and challenges with attention, problem solving, communication, or reasoning. The chart above shows how common each subtype of Dementia is based on current UK diagnosis data.

Source: Alzheimer’s Research UK

Useful Resources

Guide: What is Dementia?

Knowledge is Power - Life After Dementia Diagnosis

Day Centre Handout

Dementia Clinical Nurse Specialist Service Leaflet

Carers UK Assessments Factsheet

Care Technology for Independence

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