Worried about your memory?
As we go through life we all notice some changes, sometimes it’s an odd ache or pain, our joints may be a little stiff, it takes us longer to do things than it used to and sometimes we notice changes with our memory. This can be due to a variety of reasons, but it is important to know that problems with memory are not a normal part of growing older and should always be checked out. It could be caused by feeling down, depressed or stressed but it’s worth seeing your GP.
Dementia is the name given to a group of conditions that affect the way we think, our memory and sometimes our speech and perception. There are more than 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, and probably a lot more that we don’t know about.
There are lots of sources of help and support. Treatment is available for some types and with the right support you can live well with dementia.
So please don’t keep worrying about your memory, get it checked out. Go to your GP or call Health watch on 0300 77 77 007, where you can get more information.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service – offers a home fire safety check and advises on how to make simple changes to reduce the risk of fire, 0151 296 4000
RADAR – the largest disability campaigning organisation in the UK, RADAR runs a national key scheme for toilets for disabled people. Disability Rights UK, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London, EC1V 8AF 020 7250 3222
Age UK Merseyside – is an independent registered charity that provides information and advice on benefits, pension, legal matters, housing and advocacy. 5 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4DJ, Tel: 0151 707 7020
Support for people with dementia and carers
Blue Badge Scheme offer parking concessions to some people who are disabled, although having a diagnosis of dementia does not automatically mean you will be issued with a blue badge. Contact The Blue Badge Helpline 0343 100 1000, www.liverpool.gov.uk
Citizen’s Advice Bureau is an independent free service that offers help and advice with legal, money matters and other problems. 2 Newtown Gardens, Liverpool L32 8RR, 0845 122 1300 www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ or www.citizensadviceliverpool.org.uk
Liverpool Advocacy and Information
Healthwatch Liverpool provide a directory of Services 0300 77 77 007 (costs same as local landline) Enquiries@heathwatchliverpool.co.uk www.healthwatchliverpool.co.uk
Liverpool Museum House of Memories Museums are great at looking after people’s memories. Using their experience in reminiscence work, and access to museum objects, they’ve got activities and resources to help people living with dementia share their memories with family, friends and other carers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 0151 478 4240
Careline adult services Liverpool 24-hour contact centre for all social care enquiries and referrals from both the public and professionals.
telephone 0151 233 3800