Living with dementia – it doesn’t discriminate

Dementia affects an increasing number of people in the UK but certain groups are more prone than others based on genetics, medical history and lifestyle.  One such group is professional footballers who according to the news this week, are three and a half times more likely to die because of dementia.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

We all accept a certain degree of forgetfulness as we get older but with dementia the symptoms start to interfere with everyday life.  Dementia isn’t always diagnosed early and the true symptoms are individual to each person.  We know that early diagnosis is vitally important and can make longer term planning easier.  If you are worried about your memory in any way, please visit your doctor.

Living with dementia in Kirklees?

The Kirklees Dementia Hub provides information and advice including a guide called Live Life to the Full, Living with Dementia in Kirklees, which outlines the support available to service users in Kirklees.

Looking forward…

We have developed a new DEEP group (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) to listen to the voice of the person with a lived experience of dementia so that we can better understand the pathways to diagnosis, support and services.

The DEEP group have been working with artist Ian Beesley, poet Ian McMillan and cartoonist Tony Husband to create banners which depict the right to access appropriate services and support in Kirklees.  The banners will be unfurled on Friday 22 November 2019 at 1.00pm at The Brian Jackson Centre, for more information please contact

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