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    Memory-related support

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms, including a decline in memory, reasoning and communication skills, mood swings and a gradual loss of skills needed to carry out daily activities.

It can affect people of any age, though is most common in older people. The symptoms are caused by structural and chemical changes in the brain as a result of physical diseases such as Alzheimer's.

City Memory Group

This is a friendly group for people of all ages who are concerned about their memory, are already having memory issues or have a diagnosis of dementia. Carers of people with memory problems are also welcome.

Come along and have a cup of tea and a chat, share your experiences, make new friends and enjoy the various activities on offer, such as:

  • expert speakers
  • gentle exercise
  • memory games
  • arts and activities

Where and when

The group meets from 2pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday's each week at:

City of London Community Education Centre
99 Golden Lane
London
EC1Y 0TZ

Contact details

For more information contact Madhumita Bose-Thomas, group coordinator, on 07815 688 335 or email madhumita@hotmail.com.

Carers of people with memory problems are also welcome.

Reach Out Network

The City Memory Group is a part of the Reach Out Network. This network is a collaboration between services working to reduce social isolation among City of London residents, while also encouraging residents to live and age well.

Learn more about the other services that make up the Reach Out Network

Addressing dementia in the City

Recent studies estimate that within the City there are up to 67 people living with the symptoms of dementia, some of whom have been diagnosed, but a large proportion of whom have had no formal diagnosis. While this may be a relatively small number, for those with the disease, the support that they receive is vital to their quality of life and their wellbeing and we are therefore committed to providing the best possible services to this particularly vulnerable group.

And what are we doing about it?

We are committed to creating A Dementia Friendly City (665KB) where residents and local retail outlets and services have a keen understanding and awareness of the disease and offer support in a respectful and meaningful way. This builds on the longstanding tradition within the City of caring for residents and delivering individualised packages of care and support.

Following the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia, the aim of this strategy is to provide a responsive, high quality, personalised dementia service meeting the needs of residents of the City of London.

What have we achieved so far?

Since we first published our commitment and strategy to creating a Dementia Friendly Community the Dementia Implementation Group have met every quarter to implement and move forward the Dementia Friendly City strategy and action plan.

The group is devised of stakeholders such as:

Dementia Friendly Community Status

The group have worked with great enthusiasm and in August 2015 the City of London were awarded Dementia Friendly Community Status by the Alzheimer's Society.

The award is in recognition of the City’s commitment and actions to improve inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia living within the Square Mile.

The award entitles the City to display the Alzheimer's Society Forget Me Knot logo.

You can find out more about what it takes and means to be a Dementia Friendly City by contacting Yvonne Weinberg or Marion Willicome-Lang at adultsduty@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends is about giving more people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could make a difference to people living in their community. It makes such a huge difference to people with dementia if those around them know what dementia is and how it might affect them.​

Since December 2013, over 650 employees and partners in the City of London have attended a Dementia Friends Information Session and are now entitled to call themselves Dementia Friends.

If you are interested in holding a Dementia Friends Information session in your community group or organisation please contact the City of London at adultsduty@cityoflondon.gov.uk.


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