Are you looking for expert dementia care & activities in Hampshire?
Right At Home can provide care packages which are adapted to meet the changing needs of your loved-one. We understand that looking for care for a specialist condition can be difficult, but we have expert Care Givers who will work to meet all your needs.
Over 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, with 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 having this condition. There are also currently over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
With evidence that care at home and regular activity is highly effective for people with dementia, more families are choosing this type of solution for their loved-one.
Here we take a look at the symptoms and some local activities that take place in the Hampshire area.
Signs & symptoms of dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms develop gradually over many years and eventually become more severe. It affects multiple brain functions.
The first sign of Alzheimer’s disease is usually minor memory problems such as forgetting about recent conversations or events, and forgetting the names of places and objects.
As the condition develops, memory problems become more severe and further symptoms can develop such as:
- Memory loss
- Changes in behaviour
- Difficulty planning or making decisions
- Communication and language difficulty
- Personality changes, such as becoming aggressive, demanding and suspicious of others
- Low mood, apathy or anxiety
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of dementia cases.
Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.
Treatments for dementia
There is currently no cure for dementia. However, there are medications that can lessen a person’s symptoms. Support is also available to help someone with the condition, and their family, cope with everyday life.
It helps to ensure people with dementia can take part in the things they enjoy as this can be an effective way of preventing and managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
If you have been diagnosed with dementia, it’s important to remember that:
- you’re still you, even though you have problems with memory, concentration and planning
- everyone experiences dementia differently
- focusing on the things you can still do and enjoy will help you to stay positive
One key strategy is to stay socially active. Keeping in touch with people and engaging in social activities, such as going to the theatre or cinema, or being part of a walking group or choir, is good for general confidence and mental wellbeing.
If you have someone who helps care for you, an active social life is good for them, too.
Many communities are now dementia-friendly. For example, cinemas put on dementia-friendly screenings of the latest films, and leisure centres run dementia-friendly swimming sessions as well as other activities.
It’s a good idea to join a local dementia-friendly group, perhaps at a memory café or community centre. You can share experiences and use tips from others who are living with dementia.
Dementia friendly communities
What is a dementia-friendly community?
A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.
In a dementia-friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose. Dementia-friendly communities are vital in helping people live well with dementia and remain a part of their community.
Too many people affected by dementia feel society fails to understand the condition they live with, its impact or how to interact with them. That’s why people with dementia sometimes feel they need to withdraw from their community as the condition progresses.
We all have a part to play in creating communities where people with dementia feel active, engaged and valued, which is why Right At Home Mid Hampshire is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society to encourage as many people to become Dementia Friends as possible.
Find out what’s already happening in Mid Hampshire
Dementia Cafes and activities in the area:
- Eastleigh Singing for the Brain
- Thornhill Singing for the Brain
- Dementia Support Eastleigh
- Romsey Music Group
- Winchester Singing For Wellbeing
- Ladies’ Afternoon Tea
- Winchester Carers Cafe
- Winchester Befriending Scheme
- Activity Group Winchester
- Badgers Farm Dementia Cafe
- Littleton Dementia Cafe
Right At Home want to support your loved-one in their own home in Hampshire, where they have familiar surroundings and feel most safe, while ensuring that your personal choices are satisfied. Our services include making sure that their home environment is safe and they’re not put at risk at any time. We can also provide emotional support and respite for family members, listening closely to your requirements and working hard to meet them.