2018

Healthy Peterborough

Local Dementia Support

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving, perception or language.

A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. There are over a hundred different types of dementia of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common followed closely by Vascular Dementia. It is possible to have more than one type of dementia at the same time and this is known as Mixed dementia. More detailed information is available on the Alzheimer’s Society’s website www.alzheimers.org.uk

Based at the Dementia Resource Centre (DRC), the Alzheimer’s Society provides a one-stop shop for residents of Peterborough whose lives are affected by dementia. Advice, information and support are available to ensure that those who have a diagnosis of dementia and their carers are able to get the help they need in everyday life.

Dementia Support Workers and a Dementia Adviser are able to meet people at the DRC or in their own home to provide information and signposting as well as guidance on practical matters and emotional support. The Advocate is able to help people with dementia to express their views, to access information and services and to secure their rights.

Some of the services that take place at the DRC include:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Hairdressing
(by appointment)
Open Minds
Chair Yoga, OOMPH, Young On-Set group Open Carers Group, Singing for the Brain (Wrens) Dementia Café Singing for the Brain (Nightingales and Larks – fortnightly)

Other services are available by invitation. Please contact the DRC on 01733 893853 or peterborough@alzheimers.org.uk.  All the services are designed to improve and enhance wellbeing, maintain independence and prevent crisis situations.

If you would like to help by becoming a volunteer please contact our Volunteering Officer, Debbie Holmes, on 01733 893853 or debbie.holmes@alzheimers.org.uk

Another way of becoming involved is through Dementia Friends at www.dementiafriends.org.uk

 

This is a note that was received recently, written by someone who uses the Dementia Resource Centre services.

"The DRC is the most amazing place. We have been helped more than we can ever hope to say. My wife loves her Arts & Crafts group so much and everyone helps her so much. Her confidence has improved in leaps and bounds and she has made lots of lovely friends. The staff are so professional and caring and have helped me many times when I have been very low with my caring role. We are so blessed to be here. Thank you for all that you do."

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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust