Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term for many diseases which can affect the brain. It is not a natural part of ageing and is not the only cause of memory problems. If you are experiencing memory problems it is really important to get a diagnosis of the cause from your GP as soon as possible. Bracknell Forest council works closely with the Memory Clinic to ensure people with dementia are well supported.

Dementia advisory service

The Dementia adviser provides advice and support for people diagnosed with dementia, their carers, family and friends. This information includes:

  • local support services
  • getting a break
  • legal planning
  • support for carers
  • living well with dementia
  • national support services
  • money matters

For more information, please email the Dementia adviser, or phone them on 01344 823220.

The council are working towards a dementia friendly community where people feel supported, valued and have a greater awareness of dementia. If you would like to help Bracknell Forest become more dementia friendly, you can sign up to become a dementia friend or dementia champion. You can also access free online dementia training.

Bracknell Forest has a number of support groups for people with dementia and their carers including:

A full list of services can be found within the PDF file downloaddementia directory (PDF, 1759kb).

My Care My Home are an organisation offering advice, support and guidance for people who need support and who pay for this support themselves 

People with dementia can benefit from preparing for the future and this may include arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney for financial matters and/or health and wellbeing. They may also want to consider completing a ‘Planning for my Future’ document and a ‘Life Story Book’.

People with dementia may be entitled to a range of benefits including:

If you are claiming one of these benefits, you may also be entitled to a reduced council tax bill.

Carers may also be entitled to benefits including:

There may also be a range of other benefits which may be available.

Other services such as home support, day centres, and care homes, are available if needed. Helpful advice is available on our pages for:

What to do if you suspect someone has dementia

You will find more information about the signs of dementia and what you should do if you are concerned about your own or someone else's memory at the Alzheimer's society.

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