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Support for dementia

Dementia is a gradual, terminal condition, causing a widespread loss of mental functions and severely affecting a person's ability to carry out previously simple daily activities.

Dementia can affect people of any age, but is most common in older people. It is estimated more than 7,600 people in County Durham aged over 65 have dementia.

Dementia Advisor Service

The Dementia Advisor Service in County Durham offers support, advice and information to people living with dementia/memory problems, their families and carers. Dementia Advisors can:

  • give you information about what to do if you have a diagnosis of dementia
  • give you information about memory loss or dementia
  • help you to find and access local services
  • help you to plan for the future

Dementia friendly communities

The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friendly Communities Programme helps to inspire and guide the creation of communities and businesses where people affected by dementia feel understood and included and can confidently contribute to community life.

Durham County Carers Support

If you care for someone with dementia, Durham County Carers Support can help with information about services to help you look after yourself.

Alzheimer's Society 

For support in County Durham please call 0191 389 0400. If you are working with someone who would like dementia advice and support, please use this Alzheimer’s Society: referral form to refer to the Dementia Advice and Support service.