East Riding of Yorkshire is a dementia friendly community.
There are many types of dementia, and none are a natural part of ageing. Dementia is the umbrella term for conditions that affect the brain. Memory problems, like forgetfulness, are just one of the symptoms.
You can continue to live well with dementia. Try to carry on with as many activities as possible. There are many services and groups in the East Riding, libraries and leisure centres that have activities to support people with dementia and their carers.
Dementia affects the brain, resulting in memory loss, behaviour changes, difficulty to communicate, loss of sight and hearing and disturbs sleep. It has also been known to cause aggressive behaviour, hallucinations, apathy, depression and anxiety.
Types of dementia include, but are not limited to:
Full information on all of these can be found on NHS Choices.
If you are concerned you may have dementia, speak to your GP about getting an assessment.
When you have been given a diagnosis, it is important to keep up with as many normal activities as possible. While there is no cure for dementia, there are medications that can relieve some symptoms. There are also many non-drug treatments that can help you live an active and well lifestyle.
Search the Community directory for local groups, clubs, small charities, volunteer-run and social support near you.
Search the Services directory for local and national services and support you can contact in person, online and over the phone.