Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Dementia and Memory Loss 


What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe a syndrome which may be caused by a number of illnesses. There is progressive decline in many areas of function, including decline in memory, reasoning, activities. Alongside this decline, individuals may develop behavioural and psychological symptoms such as depression, psychosis, aggression and other challenging behaviours. The majority of people who are diagnosed with dementia have either Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia, or a combination of the two.

For more information, carers tips and patient stories, please visit NHS Choices

Dementia Services Review

Memory Support and Advisory Service

Living Well with Dementia in Dorset - Progress and Actions 2016 - 2018

Other useful links: My Life My Care

Dementia Friendly Surgeries Summary Report 2017 - This is the link to the final report of iSPACE – dementia friendly surgeries.  Please share this widely with your contacts in the dementia field.   It shows very good progress by surgeries that undertook iSPACE – over 150 surgeries across Wessex – and makes a clear case for its spread to all surgeries.  

Wessex AHSN iSPACE Webinar 16 November 2017 - link to Wessex Academic Health Science Network Webinar - Making GP surgeries Dementia friendly