The term dementia can be used to describe a number of symptoms including a decline in memory, reasoning and communication skills and a gradual loss of skills needed to carry out daily activities. Alzheimers Disease is the most common form of dementia.
Dementia is a progressive condition and can affect people of any age but it is most common in older people. It is estimated that there are over 20,000 people with dementia in Northern Ireland and that number is projected to double by 2040.
Caring for someone with dementia can be emotionally and physically draining, particularly where the carer has no support and does not know where to go for help.
Help and support is available from four local Alzheimers Support Branches within the Northern Trust area. Each branch has an outreach service which offers community support by providing information, help with finding services and emotional support to people with dementia, their carers and families through direct contact visits in the family home or elsewhere.
Life Story Book
Completing a life story book can be an immensely enjoyable and rewarding activity.
The Northern Trust in partnership with the Northern Ireland Reminiscence Network developed its own life story book in 2007 and it has been used with service users mainly in day and residential care settings in the Trust and also within the wider community.
Would you like to record your life story?
The Northern Trust Life Story Book provides a template which makes the process of writing your own life story simple and straightforward.
The contents of the folder are divided into nine easy to complete sections with pockets for photographs, certificates etc. Sections include:
- Significant Relationships/Memories
- School Days
- Working Life
- Family Life
- Reflections On My Life
- Important Dates
- More Memories
Dementia Home Support Team