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Living well with Dementia

Dementia is a progressive illness of the brain resulting in the loss of functioning such as memory, reasoning, communication skills and activities in daily living.

The chances of developing dementia increase with age, but some people under the age of 65 develop this condition which in turn causes difficulties for their families and their employment. As the illness progresses people become more dependent on health and social care services.

Support from local services and organisations is available to help you.

The Older People's Mental Health Service offers a range of support, including:

  • Initial assessment of memory problems at the Memory Clinic
  • Medication for those who are eligible
  • Psychological support for patients and carers
  • Carers Education Course (six week course run two-three times a year) provides information about dementia, strategies to help carers relate to people with dementia, financial and legal advice about planning for the future
  • Therapeutic groups for dementia sufferers
  • Advice and information including signposting to other services
  • Crisis support - available 9am til 7pm week days, and 9am til 5pm week ends
  • Ongoing support and monitoring

For more information, contact the Adult Care team on 0118 937 3747

Older People's Mental Health Liaison Team

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust works with inpatients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital who need help to manage their mental health and help them to access appropriate ongoing care or treatment from mental health services. The service focuses on older people who:

  • have dementia or delirium
  • have an existing mental health problem and are currently in hospital with a physical illness
  • have been diagnosed with a physical illness and need some emotional support to adjust to this

They also provide support, information and advice to families and carers.

Contact the Older People’s Mental Health Liaison Team, Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading, RG1 5AN. Call 0300 365 0300

Alzheimer's Society

Information and advice about living with and caring for someone with dementia. Visit or call the helpline on 0300 222 1122 

Alzheimer's Society Reading Branch

The Alzheimer’s Society offers people with dementia and their carers information and practical, emotional support by a Dementia Support Worker. They also facilitate services for people with dementia - activity group, a befriending service and Singing for the Brain (see related links on this page).

Please contact the Reading office on 0118 959 6482 for more information. or email

Page last reviewed / updated - November 2019

Dementia Friendly Guide - the local response from Reading DAA

The Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is a social movement with one simple aim: to bring about a society-wide response to dementia. It encourages and supports local communities and organisations to take practical action to enable people to live well with dementia.

Organisations, businesses and groups sign up as a member of the DAA by thinking of some simple steps that would make them more dementia friendly, and these steps form their action plan.

Members include local businesses, faith groups, schools, housing schemes, libraries, museums, shops, transport providers and health and social care providers. Anyone can help!

For more information and to find out how to become a member, please contact your local DAA Coordinator, Micheel Berry at

The Dementia Friendly Guide to Reading lists a number of local services and activities that people can access with their carers and friends.  You can also download the DAA guidance notes below for information.