What is Dementia?

There is a great deal of confusion over what Dementia is.  In fact it is an umbrella term that covers a variety of different degenerative brain conditions that impair mental functioning.

The most common and most well known dementias are:

Alzheimer's disease

Vascular dementia

Dementia with Lewy bodies

Fronto-temporal dementia

Am I at risk of developing dementia?

The six million dollar question! Unfortunately the answer is not that straight forward.  Research has identified many risk factors associated with dementia. The Alzheimer's Society factsheet provides a full round up on the latest research.  We will also try to keep you up to date in the Latest news section of this web site.

How do I find out whether or not I have dementia?

If you are worried that you or a friend or relative may have a form of dementia then the first port of call is your GP.

What if I have dementia?

After you receive a diagnosis of dementia you may have many mixed feelings. It is common to feel angry, depressed, worried, sad, guilty, alone or frustrated.  You may feel relieved that there is a medical reason behind the changes.

However, it is important to remember that any changes are not going to happen suddenly.  You will need time to adjust your lifestyle and to find help when you need it.  The Alzheimer's web site offers useful guidance in this regard.

What is being done to help cure dementia?

There are many research projects happening around the world looking at ways to alleviate symptoms of dementia, halting the disease process or preventing it in the first place.

The UK's premier charity for research into Dementia is Alzheimer's Research UK.

We will also aim to keep you up to date with the latest research via our Latest news section of this web site.

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NHS Dental Fines Scandal

An NHS automated system has been incorrectly fining people with dementia.  Read the full article here on the BBC News website.

Barnstaple Link Rotary Club

The club is launching a new project to help people with dementia which will complement the activities of Barnstaple's Memory Café.  Read more...

MHA launch Joyce's Music Video

MHA have launched Joyce's music video on YouTube showing the power of music therapy in helping people with dementia.

Dementia Friendly Communities

Various bodies, both government and others are promoting the setting up of dementia friendly communities.  To see what's involved and how you can be part of it, go to our dementia friendly communities page.  You can also read this PDF document (1.5MB)

Service Above Self

It is with much pleasure that we announce that the Chair of REPoD, Dr. Geri Parlby, has been awarded the 'Rotary International Service above Self Award' for her outstanding contributions to the REPoD effort over the 6 years since its inception.  We feel that all who know her will feel that this award was well deserved.

Hands across the water

The REPoD message is spreading and not just within the UK.  Read this email extract from a couple in Washington DC.

Dementia Adventure

Looking for a break / holiday for someone you care for or yourself - then take a look at this web site.

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