Here is help and support for those suffering with any form of Dementia, including Alzheimer's and for the family and friends that support them.
Diagnosing dementia is often difficult, particularly in the early stages. The GP is the first person to consult. The GP may then refer the person being diagnosed to a specialist such as a consultant.
Assessments can include conversations with the person being diagnosed and those close to them, a physical examination, memory tests and/or brain scans.
The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used test for complaints of memory problems or when a diagnosis of dementia is being considered.
Becoming forgetful does not necessarily mean that you have dementia. Many of us notice that our memory becomes less reliable as we get older. It can also be a symptom of stress or depression. In rare cases, dementia-like symptoms can be caused by vitamin deficiencies or a brain tumour.
Even if the diagnosis is dementia, there is lots that can be done after a diagnosis to support someone to live well with the condition.
Pinfold Lane Day Centre:
Pinfold Lane Day Centre provides a specialised day care service to meet the needs of people living in the community who have dementia and Alzheimer’s. It also offers support to their carers and family members. The service is provided within a safe and stimulating environment that aims to give customers an enjoyable day with therapeutic and social activities as well as giving carers a break from caring. The purpose-built centre offers a high standard of facilities including its own kitchen, dining area, lounges, conservatory and enclosed private gardens complete with outside seating. These facilities provide diverse areas able to cater to the changing needs of its customers. A daily program of activities is provided. The garden is fully enclosed and safe. It has been landscaped and designed to offer pleasant seating areas with large lawns, a paved patio with planters and borders with colourful and fragrant shrubs.
Admission is usually via a referral from a Social Worker, however customers who are ‘self funding’ and wish to access Pinfold can do so, and are encouraged to contact Pinfold for further information.
Telephone: 0161 253 7371
Bury Dementia Adviser Service:
The Dementia Adviser service offers information about all aspects of living with dementia and supports people to access services. People with dementia and their carers can contact a Dementia Adviser whenever they need further information or support to find other services.
Open: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
Telephone: 0161 763 9907
Address: 18 Parsons Lane, Bury, BL9 0JT
Singing For The Brain Elms Farm:
Singing for the Brain brings people together in a friendly, fun and social environment. Based around the principles of music therapy, the stimulating sessions include vocal warm-ups and singing a wide variety of familiar and new songs.
Takes place every fourth Thursday of the month, 10am - 12pm
Telephone: 0161 763 9907
Address: Mathers Avenue, Whitefield, M45 8NT