Jan 04 2015

Dementia Support Services in Harrow


Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. It is more common in people over 65, but dementia can also affect younger people.

The symptoms of dementia can include loss of memory, confusion and difficulties with thinking things through, problem solving and language. Sometimes people are affected by changes in mood or behaviour which is out of character

It is important these conditions are identified at the earliest opportunity as there may be treatment and support available. A person with dementia will need an increasing amount of support as the condition progresses.

Accessing services and support at the right time can make a great difference, both to the person with dementia and to their family and friends.  Harrow Council has a duty to carry out a community care assessment, which will assess the person’s needs and decide which services could be arranged to help meet them.

If you are worried about your memory, make an appointment to see your GP. The earlier you seek help, the sooner you can get information, advice and support. Your GP will listen to your concerns and possibly arrange for further investigation. You may be referred to the Memory Assessment Service for assessment where a formal diagnosis can be made.

For more information contact the National Dementia Helpline on 01923 829888 (Harrow office).

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