What is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. There are over 200 sub-types of dementia, but the five most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia.
The brain is made up of nerve cells (neurones) that communicate with each other by sending messages. Dementia damages the nerve cells in the brain so messages can’t be sent from and to the brain effectively, which prevents the body from functioning normally.
Caring for someone in your family with dementia can be difficult, exhausting, lonely and overwhelming. We will help you to have a better understanding of the situation you may be in and help you to make informed decisions for you and your loved one.
Support available in your area
Depending on the area where you live, we can offer the following options to carers of people living with dementia, those they care for and their families –
- Sandwell Dementia Care Navigators (Sandwell)
- Training (Birmingham)
- Dementia Support Groups (Birmingham)
For more information on any of the above options, please call 0121 553 6483.
We work with carers from all walks of life and are proud to bring people together.
We hold weekly carers groups. It’s a chance to have a break and see expert guest speakers.
Here To Help
We have detailed knowledge to help you get appropriate support and will work by your side throughout.
Local To You
Our dedicated teams work closely with you across the Birmingham Council area with carers groups in four locations.
Here To Help
You might not have any experience of dealing with services and benefits before and it can be exhausting and confusing. We can help you with filling out forms, being with you at assessments and explaining how it all works.
We run support groups for people just like you. Our groups are weekly and carers can get together with other people in a similar situation. Our groups are like a big family. It is all very informal and we will give you a drink and a snack to keep you going.
Here To Listen
We will listen to you, respect your confidentiality, and offer some suggestions that may make things better. We don’t want to make decisions for you, but help you to better understand your situation, and make informed decisions for you and your loved one.