Let's Talk About Dementia and Alzheimer's
According to the Alzheimer's Society the word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. 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.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.
Useful links to current resources
- Alzheimer’s Society - https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
- Dementia UK - https://www.dementiauk.org/
- Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance - https://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/3012_liverpool_dementia_action_alliance
- Home page; SURF - https://surfdementia.org/
- Information page - https://surfdementia.org/information/
Related resources/papers produced by LJMU staff:
- Halsall, B. & MacDonald, R. (2015) Design for Dementia: Volume 1 & 2: The Halsall Lloyd Partnership
- Smith, G (Editor) (2016) Dementia Care: A Practical Approach. Boca Raton, CRC Press
LJMU Research Centre:
- Centre for Collaborative Innovation in Dementia - https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/centre-for-collaborative-innovation-in-dementia
Support for people living with Dementia/Alzheimer's
If you have questions or concerns about dementia, Alzheimer's Society National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122 can provide information and support.
Support for carers of people living with Dementia/Alzheimer’s
As a carer for a person living with dementia, you may experience a range of difficult emotions. Looking after yourself – and learning to deal with challenges – means you will be in a better position to continue to care for the person affected.
Want to do more?
Help us beat dementia. People with dementia or memory problems, their carers and anyone who is interested can sign up. You can also sign up for someone else, providing that you have their consent.
Registering is the first step in becoming involved in supporting vital research studies across the nation.
Please visit the Join Dementia Research website for further information - https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/