Adults with memory problems

Many of us become more forgetful as we get older and you may be worried that it’s a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

There can be many reasons why you or someone close to you may be having memory problems, including: depression, vitamin B12 deficiency, delirium, stress, thyroid issues, infections, or vascular problems.

If you are concerned about your own memory, or you are worried about changes you have noticed with memory, communication, personality or the behaviour of someone close to you, it is important to contact the GP.  If needed, www.docready.org can help you get ready to speak with your GP.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website has more information about memory problems and the possible causes. 

Dementia UK has further useful information on its website to help with understanding dementia and getting a diagnosis.

Community mental health services are for older people with mental health needs, which are complicated by age, and for people, of all ages, who have needs relating to dementia.

There are different community mental health services in Kent and Medway, depending on where you live. If appropriate, your GP will refer you to the most suitable community mental health service for you.

East Kent

Medway and Swale

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley

West Kent

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT)  

If you or a member of your family has a dementia diagnosis, visit the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust’s Living with Dementia page to find out more about:

  • Dementia engagement and empowerment groups – where people living with dementia come together to help make the world more dementia-friendly. There are five groups across the county, depending on where you live.
  • Dementia envoys – local people living with dementia who are keen to increase public awareness of dementia.
  • Dementia allies – local people living with dementia who want to support you with your diagnosis.


Age UK

From keeping well, adapting your home and getting support, Age UK publishes advice online that can help guide you through if you are diagnosed with dementia. There’s also a postcode search on www.ageuk.org.uk that allows you to find the details of your local Age UK branch. 


Crossroads Kent 

Support for families with someone living with dementia is available through Crossroads Kent’s Dementia Outreach programme. Crossroads Kent is Kent’s leading charity for carers and the people they care for. Find out more at www.crossroadskent.org


Alzheimer's Society                     

Through the Alzheimer’s Society website you can:

 

Community Navigators

If you are over 55 years old or are an adult carer (aged 18 years or older and caring for an adult) and are looking for information and guidance, emotional and practical support, or help to access a range of community, health and social care options, community navigators can help you.

To find a community navigator in your area visit the dedicated pages on either Kent County Council website  or Medway Council website, depending on where you live. 
 

Silverline 

Free confidential helpline for older adults 
0800 470 8090

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services 

24-hour dementia helpline 
0800 500 3014

Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia Connect support line
(Opening hours vary)
0333 150 3456

Dementia Society

Speak to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse
Free dementia helpline
0800 888 6678 
9am to 9pm  - Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm - Saturday to Sunday

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