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Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

Many people with dementia can lead active and fulfilling lives for many years. There are many different types of dementia. Some are far more common than others. The Alzheimer's Society has information about types of dementia.

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

The Derbyshire Dementia Support Service is commissioned by adult care and delivered by the Alzheimer's Society. The service is available in all areas of the county to provide support, information and guidance for those living with dementia and for their carers including:

  • understanding dementia
  • how to get help locally
  • maintaining independence
  • financial and legal matters
  • caring for people with dementia
  • changes in relationships and behaviour
  • community care
  • long-stay care

The service can support both you and your family members and carers through the different stages of dementia.

 The Dementia Support Service delivers a range of groups for people affected by memory loss or dementia where you can meet other people who have similar circumstances to you:

  • memory cafés
  • carers groups
  • singing for the brain

You can find details of the dates, times and venues of the groups attached to this page.

You don’t need an official diagnosis of dementia or be of a certain age to get advice and support from the service.

To find out more about services in your area tel: 01332 208845 or email:

Living with dementia

People living with dementia can be alert and aware of their condition. It's important to know the person with advancing dementia, and support them to maintain their own identity.

Although dementia causes the loss of some abilities, people's feelings remain intact. It's essential to empathise with people's emotions. Caring and supportive relationships can help people to cope with the difficult experience of advancing dementia.

NHS Choices has a dementia guide which provides information, videos and newsletters which you may find useful if you're living with dementia, or caring for someone who has dementia.

Dementia reablement service

Our dementia reablement service may be available to adults in Derbyshire who are living with, or experiencing the symptoms of, dementia.

The short-term, flexible service is designed to work alongside other community services to help people with dementia continue to live at home. The personalised service focuses on stabilising support at home and identifying the level of ongoing care and support required.

The service lasts for a maximum of 6 weeks and is free of charge for the duration of the service. You can find out more by reading the dementia reablement service leaflet, attached to this page or by contacting Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190.

Young onset dementia

Dementia is ‘young onset’ when it affects a person aged 65 or under. It is also known as ‘early onset’ or ‘working age’ dementia. Currently there are more than 42,000 people in the UK who have the condition. Young onset dementia can often be difficult to recognise.

Young dementia UKprovides information, support and resources on the condition.

They also run a young dementia network that allows persons with young dementia, their families and carers to share their experiences in a community environment. The network also enables its members to become involved in influencing national policy and improve the services for them.

Caring for someone with dementia

Caring for someone with dementia can be both stressful and rewarding. Carers in Derbyshire has information, advice and support for carers including:

  • sources of practical help and details of local and national advice lines
  • carers rights, including carer assessments
  • information about support groups
  • registration for a Carer's Emergency Card
  • welfare benefits advice
  • services to give you a break from your caring role

A guide offering practical information for anyone caring for a person with dementia has been developed by Health Education England in collaboration with healthcare professionals, educators and carers. The dementia guide for carers aims to support an understanding of the progressive nature of dementia and the challenges a person caring for someone with dementia may experience. Its focus is on living well with dementia.

You can use the Carers Directory to find local support services such as carer support groups and memory activity sessions which both you and the person you care for can attend together. The Social Care Institute for Excellence have produced a video about the emotional impact of living with dementia.

As part of care planning for someone with dementia you can also see our information on:

The Herbert Protocol

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme that has been introduced by Derbyshire Constabulary and other local agencies.

The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a World War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia and repeatedly went missing from his care home whilst trying to return home.

The protocol encourages carers of people with dementia or other mental vulnerabilities to prepare for the eventuality of the person going missing.

Dementia strategy and consultation

We've worked with the NHS Derbyshire clinical commissioning groups to develop a strategy which sets out plans for improving services for people with dementia. This work included consultations with people with dementia, carers, health and social care professionals, the third sector, and other stakeholders about the support required to live well with dementia in the community.

The full Derbyshire Joint Dementia Strategy and consultation report are attached to this page.

Healthwatch dementia services report

Healthwatch Derbyshire has been talking to people with dementia and their carers and families to collect their experiences of health and social care service in Derbyshire in relation to dementia care. They've produced a Dementia report.

Delirium and dementia

A sudden change in a person's mental state is known as delirium. Delirium could lead to increased confusion, disorientation, or difficulty with concentration, and can come on very quickly. It can happen when you're medically unwell and can be caused by infections, pain or dehydration. Delirium can be very distressing both for the individual and the people who are caring for them.

Joined up Care Derbyshire have developed a short video to help people learn more about delirium: what it is, how someone with delirium may act, and how to spot the signs.

Delirium is a treatable condition and may co-exist with dementia. However, it's sometimes difficult to recognise in people with dementia because it has similar symptoms such as confusion and difficulties with thinking and concentration.

Joined up Care Derbyshire have also developed delirium and dementia awareness training. The online training takes around 30 to 40 minutes and is aimed at people with dementia, their carers, families and professionals to help them recognise, manage and prevent delirium.