The Doncaster Dementia Roadmap provides high quality information about the dementia journey alongside local information about services, support groups and care pathways.
The number of people with dementia in the UK reached 850,000 in 2015 and is expected to reach one million by 2025. It is estimated that just over 3,600 people are currently living with dementia in Doncaster, with 2,742 on GP dementia registers.
What is dementia?
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are many other types. Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process but it is more common in people over the age of 65 and the likelihood of developing dementia does increase with age. However, it can affect younger people too. Dementia affects everyone differently.
Signs and symptoms of dementia
There are a number of warning signs to look out for, including:
- Memory loss – forgetting names, places, recent events or conversations
- Challenges in planning, making decisions or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar everyday tasks
- Feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships – judging distances, not recognising themselves in a mirror
- Problems with communication – speaking or writing, struggling to follow conversations
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Changes in mood or personality – may become anxious, upset, suspicious, fearful
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these warning signs, or if you have concerns about dementia, speak to your doctor.
Our Dementia Priorities for 2018/19
- Doncaster will continue to meet the national dementia diagnosis rate ambition of 68.7% and increase this to a nationally recognised top performance of 75.5% (August 2017)
- Dementia diagnosis will remain 2/3 of estimated local prevalence (1 of 9 must do’s in the NHS contract 2017-2019)
- Everyone with dementia will receive the same response and offer/opportunities across the dementia pathway by 2021.
- By 2021 achieve national ambition of 85% of people referred and accepted for assessment will receive a diagnosis and commence treatment within 6 weeks.
- By 2021 of those receiving a diagnosis, 100% will have an agreed care plan (moderate/severe stages) and in early stages where appropriate and an identified co-ordinator of care.
- Reduce levels of acute activity in favour of appropriate care setting responses for dementia patients in Mental Health crisis or with an urgent physical need from 2016/17.
- Increase number of people with dementia living independently.
Directory of Dementia Services in Doncaster
A list of local and national support services available for people living with dementia and their carers.
Doncaster Directory of Dementia Services 2019
How living with dementia could be
How living with dementia could be is a short animated video that highlights living with dementia through the ‘well pathway for dementia’.
The animation shows the importance of a holistic partnership approach to supporting the person with dementia, their families and carers within local communities.
Pages of interest