Information for people with dementia and their carers

Health and care organisations in Bolton are working together to inform and support local people with dementia and memory problems, and their carers. This web page is the starting point to signpost you to many excellent and up to date sources of information which explain more and give helpful advice on living with dementia.

Please see our links tab to be directed to local and national information and contacts, including new local information produced by the Bolton Dementia Partnership, such as a leaflet, "Worried about your memory?" and a comprehensive Dementia Guide.

What is dementia?

Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. The symptoms include loss of memory, mood changes and confusion. Dementia is caused by a number of diseases of the brain, the most common and well-known of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Vascular dementia is the second most common cause; there are other less common forms of dementia as well.

It’s important that these conditions are identified as early as possible, yet less than half of people who have dementia have been diagnosed.

Dementia mainly affects people who are older, and the numbers of people with dementia is forecast to grow as people live longer, but younger people can sometimes have dementia - this is referred to as early onset dementia.

Getting more information and help

Although there is no known cure for dementia, treatment and support can help many people to cope better with the condition and plan for the future. If you are worried about yourself or someone you know you should discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Dementia is a major health priority for the Government. The National Dementia Strategy provides the framework within which Bolton Council is working with the NHS and other organisations to deliver improvements to dementia services, through improved awareness, earlier diagnosis and intervention, and a higher quality of care.

Dementia High Needs

For those who have Dementia with higher needs it may be that placement in a specialist Dementia High Needs Unit is appropriate.

Dementia High Needs Units are located in a number of residential homes across the borough. These offer an environment with Dementia friendly design and specialist staff.

The eligibility decision making process for Dementia High Needs Payments involves the consideration of the following ten criteria.

Local information and services
National information about dementia
Dementia-related charities
Support for carers

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