Dementia causes the (usually gradual) loss of mental abilities such as thinking, remembering and reasoning.  It can affect anyone whatever their age, although the majority of people who develop it are over 65.  The symptoms can vary greatly from person to person.

How to get help

If you are concerned about Dementia, either because you think that you may have some of these symptoms or if you are caring for someone who may be affected, it is important to see your GP. They will be able to diagnose Dementia, and prescribe some treatment that may slow down its progress. They will support you to get a diagnosis from the Memory Assessment and Support Service. Where treatment is prescribed by the Memory Assessment and Support Service your GP will work with them to help you with the treatment. There is a dementia champion in every GP practice who you can speak to for more advice.

Your GP can also refer you to other Dementia support services, either provided by the NHS, for example the Memory Clinic at Kendray Hospital, or support services operating within the community, such as Alzheimer’s Society.

You can contact us for an assessment if you need some practical help or equipment to live at home with Dementia. We can advise you about care homes that specialise in Dementia for respite or longer-term care. We can also advise you about services that provides respite support and need for long term support.

There is also a range of assistive technology such as Telecare equipment that can help you live safely and independently. You can also find out more about accessibility in the borough on the DisabledGo website.   

Support groups and local services

Organisation Services
Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society - Yorkshire and Humber area

Town centre cafe
Downloadable factsheets
Support service
Peer support groups
Lending library
'Singing for the Brain'
Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS) Information and advice
Practical help and support
Social outings
Barnsley Dementia Action Alliance Information and advice
Butterflies Information and advice
 Carers UK Support for carers
Useful factsheets about Dementia
Cross Roads Care Support service
Dementia Friends Information and advice
Making Space Support service
NHS Dementia Research Research and support
South Yorkshire Housing Association Support service