Lewisham Dementia Strategy 2023-2026

Closed 15 Sep 2023

Opened 1 Mar 2023


Dementia is not a disease in itself. Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms that occur when brain cells stop working properly.

Dementia affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion

Early symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in personality

There is currently no cure for dementia, but a range of support is available for people with dementia and their carers

Dementia knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Other causes include vascular disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia

'In the UK, Black African and Caribbean people develop dementia more often and at younger ages than their White counterparts. Despite this, Black African and Caribbean people tend to use dementia services much later, often when they are in a crisis or no longer able to cope alone. They are also less likely to receive drug treatments, take part in dementia research and move into a care home.'

Why your views matter


Please take part in our consultation, which will be open until 26th April 2023. Responses will help shape the further development of the strategy and we’ll share an update on this important work later this year.


A draft version of our strategy is available to read in the related documents section below.

If you require support to complete this survey, please contact Carers Lewisham: on 020 8699 8686 or email info@carerslewisham.org.uk


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