Dementia and memory loss
Memory loss is often a symptom of dementia, but it doesn’t always mean that if you are experiencing memory loss you will develop dementia.
As we get older we may all experience a little memory loss. This does not mean everyone will develop dementia; in fact many physical illnesses which can cause memory problems are resolved when a doctor treats the illness.
Consult a GP for early diagnosis
- use a diary and make lists to help you remember appointments
- keep your mind active by reading or doing crossword puzzles, Sudokus and other mind exercises
- get regular physical exercise
- eat a healthy diet
What is dementia?
- have difficulty organising daily activities, prioritising tasks and communicating with others
- experience changes in their mood, judgement or personality
- have trouble making decisions
- start making excuses for their forgetfulness
- have difficulties with short-term memory while distant memory remains good
With dementia you tend to have to rely on other people more and more as the illness progresses. It is much more common in older people, but can start as early as 40.
Local services for people with dementia and memory loss
You can read more about the Memory Assessment Clinic by downloading the leaflet at the bottom of this page.
- specialist day centres
- short breaks (previously known as ‘respite’ care)
- assistive technology and community alarms
- home care
- meals at home
- community equipment
- extra care sheltered housing
- carers support groups
If you know someone who is worried about their memory encourage them to visit their GP
How you can help someone with dementia
- focus on what the person can do, not what they cannot do
- help with little errands
- listen to the person with dementia
- find out more about the condition
When someone has dementia, they need:
- reassurance that they are still valued and that their feelings matter
- freedom from as much external stress as possible
- appropriate activities and stimulation to help them to remain alert and motivated for as long as possible
Luton Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA)
Luton Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA) is a collection of individuals and organisations from the private and public sectors who want to work together to make improvements for those with dementia and their carers. Its ultimate aim is to make Luton a dementia-friendly community. You can find out more by visiting our Luton Dementia Action Alliance page.
You can download a copy of our dementia strategy from the bottom of this page. Further documents are available in our Adult Social Care: policies and strategies section.
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 547659 or 547660