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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 national charity, Making Space. Trained dementia advisors are available in all areas of the county to provide support, information and guidance for those living with dementia and for their carers. A guide to local dementia services is attached to this page in both standard format and easy read.

The Derbyshire Dementia Support Service is there to:

  • help you to stay independent
  • encourage you to live well with dementia
  • help you to enjoy as full and active a life as possible
  • support you as you respond to the different stages of dementia
  • keep you up to date with information on the things that matter

The service covers the key areas of support on this page.

Memory assessment service

The Derbyshire Dementia Support Service provides support at memory assessment sessions. If you've been referred for memory assessment you'll be invited to meet with a dementia advisor when you attend. If you don't want to see an advisor at your assessment an appointment can be arranged at a later date convenient to you.

Dementia advisors

The dementia advisor will help you to:

  • understand dementia
  • get help locally
  • maintain independence
  • understand financial and legal matters
  • understand the caring role for people with dementia

The dementia advisor is your long term contact with support services as you respond to the different stages of dementia. They'll also be able to give you advice on community care and long-stay care.

Memory sessions

Memory sessions are dedicated to people living with memory loss or dementia. They are drop-off / pick-up sessions with the dual purpose of giving the carer that all important 'me time' too.

Activity sessions

Each month a choice of activities is offered at various locations across Derbyshire. These sessions are perfect for meeting people in similar circumstances to you.

Carer groups

These groups provide opportunities to meet other carers and people living with dementia. Advice and information from sector experts is available and a variety of workshops can be enjoyed. On-site respite is available for the person being cared for.


You can get in touch with Derbyshire County Dementia Support Service, email: or tel: 01246 592010.

Information about the Derbyshire Dementia Support Services is attached to this page.

Making Space also provide a list of local activities available in Derbyshire, also attached to this page.

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 on 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 Second 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.