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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.

The websites below provide useful information about diagnosing dementia, how it can affect you, and treatments which may reduce the symptoms.

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How to get support

If you have Alzheimer's disease, or any other type of dementia, there is care and support available to help you live independently, including:

If you think you need care and support from us, we will do a needs assessment to find out what you require. Only those with eligible needs may be entitled to receive funded support from the council. For more information, read: Social care and assessments.

You may be eligible for a council tax discount or exemption if you have a severe mental impairment.

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Looking after someone with dementia?

For information on what's available to help you, read: Looking after someone.

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Other sources of support

  • Dementia navigators (PDF) provide you with one-to-one support, information, and guidance to help you live well – whether you have a diagnosis of dementia or are caring for someone with it.
    Contact the Alzheimer's Society for information about your local Dementia Navigators. Phone: 01932 855582, or email:
  • Wellbeing centres provide information and support services relating to memory loss, dementia, and associated problems. They are open to all, whether you are concerned about yourself or others. Details of Surrey's wellbeing centres can be found on Surrey Information Point.
  • Dementia cafes (and other groups) provide support to people living with dementia and the people looking after them. Details of local groups and activities can be found on Surrey Information Point.

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