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Dementia advisers support 75 people every month

Published: 20 February 2020

Do you know someone who could benefit from support?

With rising numbers of older people in Surrey being diagnosed with dementia, more and more families are affected by the impact this diagnosis has on allowing individuals to live independently. But did you know there is a dedicated team of dementia advisers called Dementia Navigators who can work with individuals, their carers and families to get help or access to local services?

A dedicated team of dementia advisers in each of Surrey's 11 districts and boroughs are supporting 75 people with the condition every month to live as independently as their health allows.

They provide everything from information on local services to emotional support, helping people at any stage of the condition. The service is provided by the Alzheimer's Society on behalf of Surrey County Council and the local NHS. Individuals or families can refer themselves to the service. Many are also referred via health services.

Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: "Dementia is different for everyone and this excellent service gives people support which is tailored to their needs, enabling them to stay independent for longer in the familiar surroundings of their own home. The information and support the navigators offer helps people gain control after a dementia diagnosis and plan for the future, making the most of all the support available in their local communities."

For more information about the service or to receive support from a Dementia Navigator, see the Alzheimer's Society factsheet PDF on Surrey Information Point, call 01932 855582 or email surrey@alzheimers.org.uk.

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