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The term 'dementia' is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Information on the different types of dementia including vascular dementia, rarer causes of dementia and how dementia progresses can be found on the Alzheimer’s society’s website

Further information and advice on dementia care is available from NHS Our Health  - East of England

Local dementia services

Dementia support services for people with dementia and their carers in Bedford Borough are provided by Carers in Bedfordshire and Tibbs Dementia  Foundation. To find out what services are currently available locally please visit the Memory in Beds website here.

Dementia Strategy

The Joint Commissioning Strategy for people with dementia in Bedford Borough is available to download here (PDF). 

Dementia Connect - Alzheimer's Society's new and improved dementia services directory for anyone affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With over 4,000 listings of local information, support and services, it's the most comprehensive and easy-to-use online directory of its kind.