Highlighting the Dementia support available this Alzheimer’s Month
Today, on World Alzheimer’s Day (Monday 21 September) which is part of World Alzheimer’s Month we’re encouraging people to talk about dementia. Dementia is one of the main health conditions people face later in life ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
There is an estimated 2,490 people aged over 65 in Southampton with a diagnosis of Dementia* and this is projected to rise to nearly 3,700 by 2030. Of the 32,000 unpaid carers in Southampton it is believed that 10% of those support someone with a diagnosis of Dementia.
World Alzheimer's Month is a global opportunity to raise awareness around, educate, encourage support of and demystify dementia.
We want our residents to know what support is available locally for people with a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s and their families and the benefits of early diagnosis.
The following support is available for people in Southampton with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers and families.
- Sensory Support - The Southampton City Council sensory team have worked with many people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia to improve communication by ensuring that they make the best use of their residual vision and hearing by assessing and providing equipment to support them and their families, for example the use of hearing aid personal listeners that are used to help with conversation and watching TV.
- Carers in Southampton - A free service for anyone giving their time, unpaid, to look after a family member, friend or neighbour - www.carersinsouthampton.co.uk
- The Southampton Information Directory (SID) - This website is the hub for all information and support for adults and those that are caring for them in Southampton – www.southampton.gov.uk/sid
- Dementia Navigators - SO:Linked provide links to other sources of support, such as the Community Navigators who can provide more information about activities and support in the city and practical guidance. More information here: www.solinked.org.uk/community-navigation
- Dementia Friendly Communities – There are a number of Dementia Friendly Communities in Southampton, including Portswood, Bitterne and Shirley who are working towards making their communities more dementia friendly – this includes providing dementia friends training, dementia friendly audits of local businesses or shops and organising activities for people living with dementia and their carers. More information here.
- Caraway – Caraway is a faith based group and has been working in partnership with the Admiral nurses, nurses for carers of those with dementia, to hold a monthly Memory Cafe in 3 areas of the city. The Memory Cafe is a way to meet with and chat to other carers, and to have some light hearted chat about other topics such as memories of holidays, laughter, music, or pets. More information here: www.caraway.uk.com/whats-on/community-events/
- Admiral Nursing – Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical and emotional care and support. This can be accessed via GP referral. For more information visit www.dementiauk.org/get-support/find-an-admiral-nurse/
- Alzheimer's Society - www.alzheimers.org.uk
- Dementia UK - www.dementiauk.org/get-support/dementia-helpline-alzheimers-helpline
Please check with each individual provider if timetables have changed or moved to virtual support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, said:
“We know that receiving a dementia diagnosis can leave people feeling very alone and their family or friends who are caring for them can feel isolated too. Alzheimer’s day helps to raise awareness so people know and understand about this health condition.
We have a good range of support available in the community to help people live well with dementia and I would recommend that people get in touch with them.”
Local breakdown for Dementia diagnosis taken from this report: