Living with dementia

“The groups provide a place for mum to go and be part of society and the team helped me understand more about dementia.”

Living with dementia

“The groups provide a place for mum to go and be part of society and the team helped me understand more about dementia.”

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If you need dementia support, we’re here to support you. We know dementia affects everyone differently. So whether you or a loved one is affected by dementia, you’ve come to the right place. 

What is dementia?

Dementia is a range of symptoms that show that the brain has a disease. Only some people get dementia. It does not happen to everyone as they get older. 

Most people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. Fewer people with dementia have dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) or frontotemporal dementia (FTD). There are other types of dementia that smaller numbers of people get.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

A person with dementia can forget things. They can think, feel, speak and act differently. They may be confused. These changes can be small. They will get worse. After some time, the person will not be able to do everyday things.

If you notice any changes and are worried about yourself or someone else, first speak to your GP.

We know that living with dementia can be challenging, which is why we offer specialist dementia advice and support for you and your family, after a diagnosis. Find out more by contacting us on 0300 37 33 333.

Visit the Alzheimer’s Society website to find useful guides and information about dementia.

Dementia support groups

Several studies show that regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing dementia by about 30 per cent and engaging in mental or social activities may help to build up your brain’s ability to cope with disease, relieve stress and improve your mood. We run dementia support groups and can help you find suitable dementia friendly groups and activities.

Dementia volunteer friendships

It’s normal to feel lonely sometimes. However, if you don’t have people around you, or find it hard to stay in touch, you may start to feel lonely more often. Loneliness can make you feel less like doing things, which can make you feel more isolated. We can match you with a volunteer friend (befriender) who knows and understands dementia.


Our Befriending service offers a matched friendship between a client and a trained unpaid volunteer. We help to facilitate one to one, telephone sessions, and trips out.

Find groups and events

We run and find suitable groups and activities across Essex to help you connect with others. Take part in activities such as dancing, arts and crafts, light sports or knitting and start living happier and healthier.


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We can make a real difference to you or someone you know.

We are here for people in later years. We empower you to live happier and healthier.