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Fears people with dementia in Bucks going unsupported

The Alzheimer's Society say many may be living in isolation without vital help.

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:00am 9th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Fears people with dementia in Bucks going unsupported

People with dementia could be going undiagnosed in Buckinghamshire and those who already have are facing a tougher time.

That's according to the county's Memory Support Service, who want to reach out and do just that: support.

The Buckinghamshire Memory Support Service wants to ensure people with memory concerns, dementia and their carers are not alone during these challenging times.

Living with dementia at any time brings everyday challenges for the person with dementia or memory problems and those around them. Coronavirus is making daily life much harder.

Lynda is living with dementia in Aylesbury. She's missing the Memory Cafe she usually goes to:

"Mostly because over a period of time I have got to know a lot of people who are in the same position as me.

"We were building up a really good friendship and I miss that."

But, the Memory Support Service at Alzheimer's Society in Buckinghamshire are ready to support and give advice to anyone with memory worries, those living with dementia and carers.  

Lonely elderly lady

Lynda's daughter Joh told us they have been isolating at home for over 55 days.

Thankfully the Memory Support Service have been there, just virtually for now:

"That has been absolutely invaluable.

"I cannot imagine what it would be like now if we did not have that regular check-in.

"To know that there is somebody out there, thinking about us, making sure mum is coping as somebody living with dementia in this really strange world."

Joh talked to Dan about what isolation has been like:

Linda Goddard, Area Manager for Alzheimer's Society in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes, said:

"Being diagnosed with dementia can be a daunting and bewildering experience but memory support workers enable people to take control of their lives and make sense of what is happening to them.

"We can also help you to understand how to manage benefits, how dementia progresses and the importance of getting people's financial affairs in order - Memory Support Workers are there to explain about the condition but also signpost people to other support services available."

For more information, please contact Buckinghamshire Memory Support Service on 01296 331749 or memorysupport@alzheimers.org.uk

For more information on dementia and coronavirus, visit alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19

Nationally, Alzheimer's Society Dementia Connect support line is a new, free, personalised support service to provide information on the right support, from local help to phone and online advice.

For support, call 0333 150 3456 or visit alzheimers.org.uk for more information.  

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