Commonly Asked Questions
What is dementia?
There are many diseases that result in dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. If you have been diagnosed with dementia your GP should provide you with more information about your specific diagnosis.
Who gets dementia?
Dementia mainly affects people over 65, but can affect younger people as well.
How is dementia treated?
The vast majority of causes of dementia cannot be cured. Nonetheless, there is a lot that can be done to manage symptoms and to live well with the condition.
Non-drug treatments can include information and advice, therapy, and memory services. You can speak to your GP, local memory clinic, or Alzheimer’s Society for more information.
Drug treatments can be prescribed in some cases.
Can you still live a normal life with dementia?
People with dementia can still live an enjoyable life, although the amount of support needed may increase as their dementia progresses. In time, many people suffering from dementia find it beneficial to have a caring arrangement – be it a trained carer or an informal carer, such as a family member. This is something you can discuss with your GP.
It’s important that those that have dementia still live a healthy and active lifestyle, and that they take part in the activities and hobbies that they enjoy. Dementia does not mean you need to give up the things you enjoy! Some support and assistance can facilitate living a normal life without stopping doing the things you enjoy.
Can you drive with dementia?
A dementia diagnosis does not automatically mean you can no longer drive. What is important, however, is that you are able to drive safely, and there are some legal matters to address. Dementia is listed as a medical condition the DVLA needs to know about immediately. Not telling the DVLA puts you at risk of a fine and prosecution. You will also need to notify your car insurance provider.
Everybody with dementia eventually loses the ability to drive safely, although how long this takes will vary. It is critical that you are honest with yourself about your ability to drive safely, and that you stop driving sooner rather than later. You should listen to the advice of your GP and those who are close to you.
The Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society is the leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers. Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. On their website and YouTube channel you can find comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia.
If you live in Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. They offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey.
To best support our patients and their carers we've made a document that is a useful starting point for finding resources to help you in Nottinghamshire.
Dementia and Carers Resources
Carers Trust East Midlands
Carers Trust East Midlands provides timely, personalised information and support via the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub (County and City) to make caring for a loved one easier. The scheme is funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and the local NHS.
Nottinghamshire Carers Hub Leaflet
Action for Young Carers
Action for Young Carers is part of the Carers Federation, and is a free and confidential service that supports young carers in Nottingham City. Funded by Nottingham City Council, AYC provides young carers with the chance to get together, have fun and access the help they need. Best of all, young carers at AYC are encouraged to say what they like and dislike, meaning the service provides them with exactly what they need.
Action for Young Carers Leaflet