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The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.

For more information about Alzheimer's and dementia visit Alzheimer's Society.

Dementia Friends campaign

Dementia Friends is a national initiative designed to help people develop an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that could make a difference to people living with dementia. For example, helping someone find the right bus, or spreading the word about dementia on social media.

For more information visit the Dementia Friends website.

Dementia Friendly project

The Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough project aims to turn Middlesbrough into a nationally-recognised dementia-friendly community. The project aim is to ensure that people living with dementia are able to remain active and included members of their communities, maintain their independence for as long as possible, be treated with understanding and respect, and receive support when necessary.

For more information visit the Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough website.

Dementia cafés

Dementia cafés provide information about living with dementia and other services available locally in an informal and comfortable environment. A dementia café is also a place to relax, socialise and meet other people with dementia and their carers. The services are for people with dementia, their carers and families, and professionals in health and social care.

You can look at the community dementia services and support list below to find out where and when dementia cafés are running.

For more information please contact Diane Fleet on 01642 729417 or email

Community dementia services and support

A list to help you find out about dementia support services in Middlesbrough.

Tees Valley Dementia Support Worker

Dementia support workers offer information and practical guidance to help people understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges, and prepare for the future. They offer support face to face, over the phone or in writing, to people with dementia and their carers, family and friends.

Phone: 01642 442030
Address: Unit 1, Suite 40, Evans Business Centre, 10 Stephenson Court, Skippers Lane Industrial Estate, TS6 6UT

Sanctuary Supported Living Dementia Advisor Service

This service can support the person diagnosed with dementia, their carers and supporters. It provides one to one support to Middlesbrough residents over the age of 18 years.

For more information about the Sanctuary Supported Living Dementia Advisor Service, please call 01642 223544 or visit the Sanctuary Supported Living website.

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