Help with dementia

If you're worried about your memory, get help from the NHS and other organisations across the city.

About dementia

Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by damage to the brain.

The common symptoms of dementia include:

  • memory loss
  • difficulty concentrating
  • confusion about the time and where you are
  • struggling to follow a conversation or find the right words
  • difficulty carrying out daily tasks

There are different types and causes of dementia. The most common types are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

What to do if you’re worried about your memory

If you’re worried about becoming forgetful or confused, or you think you may have dementia, speak to your GP.

There can be reasons other than dementia that cause memory difficulties. Your GP can arrange tests to help rule out any other causes.

If your GP thinks you have dementia, they may refer you to the Memory Assessment Service. They can do some memory tests, make a diagnosis and give you support. 

Find out more about dementia on the NHS website, including how it’s diagnosed.

Where to get help

There are local services for people with dementia, and their carers. 

You can:

If you find it difficult to cope at home, ask for an assessment from Adult Social Care. They can tell you what care and support is available.

If you need help to express your views and wishes, find out how an advocate could help.

More information

To find out how we're improving dementia services across Brighton & Hove, download the dementia needs assessment (PDF 1.54MB).