Caring for a person with dementia

When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them - including their carers, friends and family - need to do everything they can to help the person to retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth.

Please see our dedicated Dementia and memory loss pages.

Support and events for carers of people with dementia

Singing for the Brain

For carers of people with dementia. Whether you care for your husband, wife or partner, mum or dad, come along as a ‘couple’, meet others and join in these local sessions based on the principles of music therapy and singing.

Small charge per person per session. To book your place call 020 3513 5147.

Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP)

CrISP is a short course for people caring for a family member or friend with dementia.

Delivered over four sessions it covers:

  • Understanding dementia
  • Legal and money matters
  • Providing support and care
  • Coping day to day and next steps

For more information call 020 3513 5147.

Saturday Club

This club is for people with dementia and their carers to meet others and share experiences. Lunch is available at a reasonable cost.

On the second Saturday of every month, at Raleigh House, 12 Nelson Road, New Malden. For more information contact Cathy on 020 8942 8256.

Alzheimers Society - Talking Point

An online community for anyone affected by dementia - a place to ask questions, read other’s experiences, share info and feel supported.

Visit the Alzheimers Society Talking Point website for more information

Alzheimers Society Factsheets

The Alzheimers Society produce factsheets cover a wide range of dementia-related topics. To read and download the factsheets visit their webpage - Alzheimers Society Factsheets.

The facsheets cover various topics, including:

  • What is dementia?
  • What is Alzheimer’s?
  • What is fronto-temporal dementia?
  • What is Korsakoffs Syndrome?
  • What is dementia with Lewy Bodies?
  • What is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)?
  • What is vascular dementia?
  • Diagnosis and assessment
  • Eating and drinking
  • Moving and walking
  • Washing and bathing
  • Dressing
  • Coping with incontinence
  • Driving and dementia
  • Sex and dementia
  • Staying healthy
  • Carers – looking after yourself
  • 10 ways to help families living with dementia
  • Dementia and children and young people
  • Safety in the home
  • Dealing with aggressive behaviour
  • Drugs used to relieve dementia and behavioural symptoms
  • Respite
  • Choices in care