It is estimated that over 13,000 people are living with dementia in Devon. If you are worried about your own or someone else’s memory, contact your, or their GP. The GP may then refer you to a Memory Clinic for diagnoses, treatment and support with dementia. You can find more information on the Devon Partnership NHS Trust website.
Dementia in Devon
For anyone in Devon with a diagnosis of dementia, the Devon and Torbay Dementia Advice Service offers expert practical advice and support for them, their families and carers.
The NHS Dementia Choices website also has useful links and information for relatives and carers.
The SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) has produced a moving and personal film about living with advancing dementia. It highlights how people with dementia can still be alert and aware of their condition, and how caring and supportive relationships help people to cope with this difficult experience. Some filming took place at Woodland Vale home in Devon.
Gina Awad from Exeter Dementia Action Alliance has made some short films about dementia awareness and how you can support someone with dementia.
In this film Gina talks about Dementia Friends and how small changes can help people with dementia to live well.
In this film Gina discusses dementia friendly communities and how local businesses can make life easier for people with dementia.
Dementia Friendly Communities
Dementia Friendly Communities are places where people with dementia, their carers and families feel confident and supported to continue with their everyday lives and be included in the community. It’s a place where residents, shopkeepers and the general public understand what dementia is.
Each has their own ideas to build their own Dementia Friendly Community. A group of people who represent various perspectives including shops, elected councillors, organisations and medical professionals form a committee to plan and co-ordinate a set of actions to work towards which respond to the needs of local people.
Are you involved in a Dementia Friendly Community not listed here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about it.
The Local Government Association, with Innovations in Dementia, has produced guidance for councils on creating dementia friendly communities.
The Dementia Action Alliance provides a variety of toolkits and guides.