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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-friendly communities

Too many people effected by dementia feel society fails to understand the condition they live with, its impact or how to interact with them. That's why people with dementia sometimes feel they need to withdraw from their community as the condition progresses.

A dementia-friendly community is a city, town, or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported. In a dementia-friendly community, people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live the way they want to and in a community they choose. Dementia-friendly communities are vital in helping people live well with dementia and stay a part of their community.

Dementia-friendly Middlesbrough

In 2016, Middlesbrough Council received national recognition from the Alzheimer’s Society for being a dementia-friendly town. The recognition process enables communities to be publicly recognised and celebrates their work in working towards becoming dementia friendly.

We want to make sure 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.

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.

To arrange an interactive online or face-to-face Dementia Friends session in your local community, please contact Emma McInnes on 01642 728756. We need a minimum of 5 people to deliver a session.

You can find out more on the the Dementia Friends website.

Dementia-friendly businesses and organisations

We would like business and other organisations from across Middlesbrough to take a number of low cost, easily achievable steps that will enable them to meet the needs of their customers living with dementia and their carers.

To become a dementia friendly business you need to register on the dementia-friendly Middlesbrough programme.

For more information visit the dementia-friendly Middlesbrough website, or contact Emma McInnes on 01642 728756.

Dementia cafes

Dementia cafes provide information about living with dementia and other services available locally in an informal and comfortable environment. A dementia cafe 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.

Community dementia services and support

A guide to help you find out about dementia support services in Middlesbrough is coming soon.

South Tees Dementia and Wellbeing Community Hub

The South Tees Dementia and Wellbeing Community Hub is a community base for people living with dementia, and their carers.

The hub is a place to meet up, take part in activities and events, and chat to people from various support organisations for support, advice, and help. Information is available at the hub for anyone pre- and post-dementia diagnosis.

Check out the activities and services available at the hub. You can also view the weekly activities timetable for the dementia hub. Call 01642 368945 to find out more and book your place.

The Dementia and Wellbeing Community Hub is located at: Woodside Resource Centre, Cavendish Road, Beechwood, Middlesbrough, TS4 3EB. It's open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

For more information, email, or contact Kaitlyn Cummins on 01642 368945 or Woodside Resource Centre on 01642 368930.