Help for Alzheimer's carers

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Hi

My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 2 1/2 years ago and his memory function seems to be worsening. Sometimes I find it really hard to be patient when he appears to be talking nonsense and I'd really like to meet other people in similar situations to swap ideas for coping, maybe having a laugh about it. I live in Bournemouth

Hoping someone out there will see this and get back to the forum

All the best

Ann
I don't live in Bournemouth
but I am sending you a hug. My partner was diagnosed in February after an illness that almost took his life and major surgery. I am completely stunned by the change in him, as I am sure you are with your husband.
The only way I can think of it is that my partner has gone on a long journey to somewhere I can't follow, and has left me behind - and he was not supposed to do that.
Please ask your doctor to refer your husband to the Community Mental Health team sooner rather than later.....
Good Luck x x
A branch of the Alzheimer's Society right on your doorstep ... so to speak :

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/2017 ... ty_offices

Suite 4
Branksome Park House
Branksome Business Park
Bourne Valley Road
Poole
Dorset
United Kingdom
BH12 1ED

Email dorset@alzheimers.org.uk

Telephone 01202 764352
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For their advice and guidance for carers :

http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/abo ... or-carers/

Finding local support.

Your GP should be able to help you with local sources of support, and many of the organisations on this page will also be able to help you find local contacts.

You can contact your local council or authority, which may have details of organisations in your community that can give help and support.

As well as formal support services, there may be other activities in your area, such as befriending services, memory cafés or singing groups. Details of local groups like these can often be found in libraries and town halls.


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Not directly in one's search but ... the University of Bournemouth have an Ageing & Dementia Unit :

https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/cent ... ch-centre/

Our new Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at Bournemouth University (BU) brings together cross-faculty research expertise in areas of ageing and dementia. At a time when our population is living longer and often with long-term conditions including dementia, the centre’s research significantly impacts on theory, education and professional practice.

The aim of ADRC is to use the team’s collective expertise to develop person-centred research which will improve the lives of people with dementia and their families. Their research falls under three broad categories – developing ageing & dementia friendly environments, nutrition & wellbeing and activity & social inclusion. Each topic builds on a wealth of research knowledge and projects already taking place at BU.

The ADRC is led by Professor Jane Murphy and Professor Jan Wiener, supported by staff and students from the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Technology.



Almost guaranteed that someone in that Unit can provide an immediate answer , and possibly a lot more in general.
I can highly recommend the Alzheimer's Society for advice and support - they were a godsend with Mum :) Most branches run sessions for Carers to meet and swap tales, and many also run regular "Memory Cafe" sessions where you can take your caree with you and meet others in a similar situation.

The Support Worker I had was lovely and a mine of information as Mum's condition worsened.

Another useful resource are the Admiral Nurses
https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/ ... gIk-_D_BwE

they are there to support you and the family rather than the person with dementia - regrettably they were not available in my area but I have heard nothing but good about them.
Hi Ann
Your local carers support might also have links. They will certainly know other carers In the same situation
How about the localk carers centre in Westbourne- they hold regular coffee mornings

http://www.crispweb.org/contactus/carerscentre.aspx

Hope you are registered with Crisp?