Living with dementia

What is dementia?

As we get older we sometimes notice that our memory isn't what it used to be. It can be affected by age, stress, tiredness or illnesses and medications.

It can be worrying if you or someone you know notices that you're becoming more forgetful or confused. But it's important to understand that this doesn't necessarily mean you're developing the first signs of dementia.

Dementia refers to a number of different conditions that can affect our brains, usually as we get older. There are various symptoms including memory loss, confusion and increased problems in looking after ourselves.

If you're experiencing memory problems or showing signs of dementia, this can be frightening but it doesn't mean you'll have to give up your independence. Speak to your GP to get a formal diagnosis as soon as possible.

Dementia facts

  • Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia. The chance of developing dementia increases with age. One in 14 people over 65 and one in 6 people over 80 has dementia.
  • Over 40,000 younger people in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset dementia.
  • Dementia is more common among women than men.

Get an early diagnosis from your GP

Getting diagnosed with dementia early can help you get the right treatment and support you need. It will also help those close to you, as you can work together to prepare and plan for your future. With treatment and support many people are able to lead active and fulfilled lives.

More information and organisations for help in living with dementia

  • AT Dementia website – Information on Assistive Technology for people with Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Society - Alzheimer's Society is a UK care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers.
  • Just Checking website - Just Checking is an easy-to-use online activity monitoring system that helps people who are becoming forgetful stay independent in their own home.
  • Making Space - Making Space provides specialist dementia care and support to hundreds of people across the country. Our services can support you from early diagnosis right through to the later stages of dementia.
  • Talking Point - Talking point is an online support & discussion forum for anyone affected by dementia. Talking point is available 24hours a day, every day of the year
  • NHS Choices - Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.
  • Memory Cafes – Memory Wellbeing Cafes are a great place for people living with dementia, their families, carers and families together can learn from each other, access information and have some fun.
  • Dementia Friends - Dementia Friends are trained volunteers who encourage people to learn a little bit more about dementia
  • The Befriending Service offers companionship to people with dementia, volunteer befrienders support people throughout the borough of Rochdale to create new social and leisure opportunities. People living with dementia can enjoy time spent out in their community or at home.
  • National Dementia Helpline 0300 22 1122 – Monday – Wednesday 9am-8pm, Thursday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm. Alternatively you can email on: