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The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. 

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.

Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way. The different types of dementia tend to affect people differently, especially in the early stages. How others respond to the person, and how supportive or enabling the person’s surroundings are, also greatly affect how well someone can live with dementia. A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms (problems with thinking or memory). 

They will often have problems with some of the following: 
  • day-to-day memory – difficulty recalling events that happened recently 
  • concentrating, planning or organising – difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (e.g. cooking a meal) 
  • language – difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something 
  • visuospatial skills – problems judging distances (e.g. on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions 
  • orientation – losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are. 

As well as these cognitive symptoms, a person with dementia will often have changes in their mood. For example, they may become frustrated or irritable, withdrawn, anxious, easily upset or unusually sad. With some types of dementia, the person may see things that are not really there (visual hallucinations) or believe things that are not true (delusions). 

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually get worse over time. How quickly dementia progresses varies greatly from person to person.

COVID-19 resources hub for people affected by Dementia

The resource hub provides a wide range of guidance and information for people living with dementia and those that care for them. The website also signposts to where you can get the help and support you need, whether it’s help with shopping or support with your mental health and wellbeing.
All resources have been quality checked.  Visit the Dementia United website

Memory Clinic 

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have produced a Tameside Dementia Memory Clinic leaflet providing details on where to access information to enable you to live well with dementia, access education about dementia, peer support, social groups, healthy living, finance and benefits and other useful information.

Post Diagnostic Support in Tameside and Glossop

There is a lot of help and support available for people who have received a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or dementia.  The Memory Clinic run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has developed a series of leaflets to help you to find the information and support you may need following diagnosis.

The leaflets cover Tameside, Glossop and details of the Memory Information Group run by the Memory Clinic.  These leaflets can be read and downloaded by clicking the links below:

Tameside Dementia information leaflet (October 2017)

Glossop Dementia information leaflet (October 2017)

Memory Information Group

Dementia Support Service in Tameside

Dementia Support Service in Glossop

We will be updating this information on a regular basis to bring you news of the Tameside and Glossop Post Diagnostic Support Offer that will be a major part of delivering the Integrated Care Organisation for Tameside and Glossop.

Dementia groups in the neighbourhood

A report on how people affected by dementia are connected to their communities
Activities and groups in Tameside for people living with dementia and their carers 
Tameside Groups for people living with dementia their family carers and friends

Older Peoples Mental Health Service:

Dementia Events:
Single point of entry into all specialist MH services, including dementia, for people aged 65 & over.
- Home Intervention Team
- Community Mental Health Team
- Liaison Mental Health team A&E (formally RAID)
- Psychological therapies
- Memory assessment service
- Inpatient wards
- Whittaker day hospital
Further Information
Single point of access for referrals, including self-referral:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Phone:  0161 716 3400
Services have individual  days & hours of operation