If you are worried you or someone you know might have dementia, you should first talk to your doctor. There is also a lot of useful dementia information on the NHS website, which explains what dementia is and how it can affect people.
In Kent there are local organisations that offer support, advice and guidance if you have dementia or if you care for someone who has dementia. There is also a 24-hour dementia helpline offering emotional support for people with dementia and their carers in Kent and Medway.
Dementia cafés and peer support groups
Dementia cafés provide a drop-in service for anyone affected by dementia who may need information or support. Dementia peer support groups are referral-only small groups for people in the early stages of the illness who have recently been diagnosed. You can find local dementia services for your area of Kent from our care services directory or:
- The Alzheimers Society
- East Kent Independent Dementia Support
- Alzheimers and Dementia Support Services
- Shepway Volunteer Centre
- Age UK
- Trinity Community Resource Centre
- Shared Lives
Library services for people with dementia
Our libraries provide access to 'Pictures to Share' books specifically designed with images and simple text for people living with dementia and their carers to share together. People living with dementia are entitled to an exempt card and carers can use our home library service.