At Guideposts, we are putting major efforts into ensuring that people with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease and those caring for a person with dementia can make the most of life. We have care, advice and training services to benefit each individual to allow them to have real choices and live independently for as long as possible.
WHAT IT IS: Dementia is a condition in which there is a gradual loss of brain function; it is a de-cline in cognitive/intellectual functioning. The main symptoms are usually loss of memory, con-fusion, problems with speech and understanding, changes in personality and behaviour and an increased reliance on others for the activities of daily living.
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating and terminal illness that can rob a person of their independence and dignity. Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just affect the person themselves – it affects everyone around them and particularly family members and carers. Dementia is relentless, unforgiving and as yet, incurable.
Over 8,000 people in Gloucestershire have dementia. Dementia currently affects nearly 80,000 people in the South West area. This figure is set to rise to over 102,000 by 2021. People with dementia feel isolated and stigmatised, and reliable, accurate, county-specific information and support can be very hard to obtain.
WHAT WE DO: DementiaWeb is an innovative, easy-to-use website that helps you get all the in-formation, advice and support you need, about all aspects of dementia, local services, groups, events and contacts throughout the county. Because we know the area well, all the information is truly local and relevant to you.
Gloucestershire DementiaWeb provides a true ‘one-stop shop’ for all users of dementia services, and helps caring for someone and coping with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia that little bit easier.
Click on a box below for details and links to your local support and information services.