Living well with dementia
A diagnosis of dementia does not mean that you have to give up your independence. You can continue to live well. Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people living with dementia.
A diagnosis of dementia does not mean that you have to give up your independence. You can continue to live well. Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people living with dementia. With the right help and support, you can continue to live in your own home for as long as you are able to. Find out more about equipment to help you.
Dementia friendly communities
We are working towards becoming a dementia friendly city. One way of doing this is by increasing the number of Dementia Friends. Dementia Friends are people who learn about dementia so they can help their community.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Dementia Friend, you can find out more details on the Dementia Friends website.
Museums Dementia Resources
For people living with dementia their own personal history and memory is very important. Leicester Museums & Galleries have a number of activities and resources to help those living with dementia and their carers. Access to these resources helps us to grow and understand how participation in our museum projects can have a meaningful impact on vulnerable people in our communities. Find out about the free resources from Leicester Museums:
Message in a Bottle and The Herbert Protocol
The Lions Club charity joined forces with Leicestershire Police to combine the Message in a Bottle scheme with the Herbert Protocol.
The Message in a Bottle scheme encourages everyone to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form in a bottle in the fridge. The bottles are available from all police stations free of charge.
The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a person living with dementia can complete to plan for a time where the person with dementia might start to ‘walk with purpose’. This may only be into the garden or the street for a short time, but some people can get lost or go missing.
Further information about the Herbert Protocol including where to download the form from can be found on the Leicestershire Police website.
Approaching end of life
Sadly, dementia is considered a life-limiting illness, but unlike other conditions which fall into this category, it is extremely difficult to determine how quickly the condition will worsen. People living with dementia and their families and carers need support to make advance care plans to ensure that their wishes in medical emergencies are clear. There is lots of information and support available from the Alzheimer’s Society.
Phone: 0116 454 1004