Dementia roadmap helps local people navigate through the uncertainty

People seeking support for themselves or others have looked at Waltham Forest’s online ‘Dementia Roadmap’ more than 1,700 times since its launch last year.

The ‘Roadmap’, which can be viewed online at http://dementiaroadmap.info/walthamforest/, is a website that helps people with dementia, their carers and loved ones navigate through the uncertainty of living with the condition.

Commissioned by NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (WFCCG), it ensures that people know where to turn for support, making sure that resources are easy to find and that no one has to face dementia alone.

In Waltham Forest more than 1,300 people are known to be living with dementia.


With Dementia Awareness Week under way (16 to 22 May), WFCCG’s Clinical Director for Mental Health and local GP, Dr Ravi Gupta, is urging people to be aware of the symptoms of dementia and to open up and talk if you think that you, or someone close to you, may be affected by the condition.

Dr Gupta said: “Many of us notice that our memory gets worse as we get older, but it can be difficult to tell whether this is a sign of dementia.

“Dementia Awareness Week encourages people to open up and talk to others if they are worried. That’s why it’s important for you to see your GP, if you are concerned.

“The sooner you know what you're dealing with, the sooner you can get on with your life and feel in control again.

“We are committed to supporting local people to live better for longer with dementia and will try to do everything we can to help people living with dementia hold onto their lives and the things they love for longer “

“The roadmap gives the latest evidence-based information about dementia care, as well as practical day to day information. With the support of their clinician, it helps local people take control of their journey.”

Symptoms

Symptoms of dementia include:

  • memory loss
  • difficulties with thinking
  • problem-solving
  • communicating
  • doing day-to-day activities such as getting dressed.

If you are concerned, book an appointment with your GP.

Events

For someone living with dementia, their earliest memories can be some of the most long-lasting.

A number of events are taking place in Waltham Forest this week and next to take members of the public on a journey to times past and help people enjoy time together, while raising awareness of dementia:

Events include:

  • Vintage Tales Art Exhibition (Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm, 16-29 May, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS). The exhibition stems from a series of workshops which helped bring memories to life.
  • Get on Board! (19 May, Leyton Mills Car Park, Marshall Road, Leyton, E10 5NH) An original red Routemaster London bus will be the focus of a range of activities including an interactive show with music, memories and comedy from theatre company Slap Haddock.
  • All Together Now (12-4pm, 22 May, Walthamstow Town Square, Walthamstow High Street, E17 7JN) The finale to the week includes a musical journey through the decades, tai chi and a specially-formed community choir will be performing for the first time.
  • Information stalls and events all week at Whipps Cross Hospital.

For further information on dementia and accessing support and services in Waltham Forest, including dates for ‘dementia cafes’, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or contact the Alzheimer’s Society Waltham Forest on 020 8556 8171 or walthamforest@alzheimers.org.uk