Dementia affects over 800 000 people in the UK. It mainly affects people over 65 years of age, but it is also diagnosed in smaller numbers in people under 65 years of age.

Gloucestershire has developed services in line with national initiatives such as the Living Well with Dementia: A National Dementia Strategy and the Dementia Challenge. The Local Action Plan can be viewed here, together with the Primary Care Dementia Pathway.

Gloucestershire has worked with a range of partners in the following 3 key areas.

Increasing public and professional awareness and understanding of dementia

Information about local education and training courses are freely available to members of the public and professionals here.

Early diagnosis and support

Your GP is able to discuss concerns over memory loss. The Memory Assessment Service and carers education and support is available through Managing Memory 2gether.

Carers support is also available through Positive Caring.

2gether NHS Foundation Trust have also developed a directory of services available to support people with dementia from BME communities.

Living well with dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society  Tel: 01452 525222

Guideposts Trust

Gloucestershire Carers Hub  Tel: 0300 111 9000

Barnwood Trust (You’re Welcome)

The Gloucestershire Living Well Handbook (find out how to request hard copies here)