Dementia is a term that describes a group of symptoms, such as memory loss, that are caused by many diseases that affect the brain. There are over 16,000 people living with dementia in Surrey. It is not a natural part of ageing and some rarer types can affect people under the age of 65.
Worried about someone?
If you are worried that you or a loved one may have dementia, you should talk to your doctor. They may be able to diagnose it or make a referral to a specialist.
How to get make life easier at home
If you have Alzheimer's disease, or any other type of dementia, there is care and support available to help you live independently, including:
- Help with meals
- Equipment and technology to help you live independently including GPS Location Services offered by Runnymede and Surrey Heath Borough Council's with both available for residents all over Surrey.
Looking after someone with dementia?
For information on what's available to help you including technology and apps to help carers, take a look at our Equipment and technology to help you live independently.
Local support in the Surrey area
Alzheimer's Society Dementia Navigators offer information and practical guidance to help you understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.
- The Alzheimer's Society for information about local Dementia Navigators
- Phone: 01932 855582
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local dementia cafes and dementia carer support groups provide support to people living with dementia and the people looking after them.
Wellbeing centres offer a variety of support services ranging from information and advice, classes and groups, drop in sessions and exercise classes. The services are aimed at supporting people with memory loss, dementia and associated problems. Specialist support workers at the Wellbeing Centre's can assist you to navigate through the maze of services and enable you to get the help and support you need when dealing with memory loss.
- Elmbridge Wellbeing Centre
- Epsom and Ewell Wellbeing Centre
- Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre
- Woking Wellbeing Centre
Surrey Information Point holds information and contact details for over 5,000 clubs, organisations and services in the Surrey area including services and organisations for someone with dementia.
You may be eligible for a council tax discount or exemption if you have a severe mental impairment.