Dementia is the general term for a range of conditions or diseases that affect the brain. The most comment types are Alzheimer's Disease or vascular dementia. With more and more people living longer, the numbers of people with dementia are growing. Our ambition is to reduce stigma and improve well-being by increasing awareness, supporting people to support themselves, diagnosing early and improving long term quality care. You can see what we are doing through the Surrey wide strategy for Dementia   pdf here. (6.83 MB)

Dementia can affect anyone so it's important to seek help if you notice problems with your memory, or that of a friend or loved one. If you are at all concerned, visit your GP. Getting an early diagnosis can help with getting the right treatment and support, as well as planning for the future. While there is no cure, with the right support, you can live well with dementia.

If you are worried that you or a loved one may have dementia, you should talk to your doctor. They may be able to diagnose it, or make a referral to a specialist.

The websites below provide useful information about diagnosing dementia, how it can affect you, and treatments which may reduce the symptoms.
NHS Choices
Alzheimer’s Society

There are a range of local services available to get help and advice:

  • Dementia navigators provide you with one-to-one support, information, and guidance to help you live well – whether you have a diagnosis of dementia or are caring for someone with it.
    Contact the Alzheimer's Society for information about your local Dementia Navigators.
    Phone: 01932 855582, or email
  • Wellbeing centres provide information and support services relating to memory loss, dementia, and associated problems. They are open to all, whether you are concerned about yourself or others. Details of Surrey’s wellbeing centres can be  found on Surrey Information Point.
  • Dementia cafes (and other groups) provide support to people living with dementia and the people looking after them. Details of local groups and activities can be found on Surrey Information Point.
  • The Alzheimer's Society provides help and advice and has a Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit their website for support and access their online community. The helpline is open Monday to Wednesday 9am – 8pm, Thursday and Friday      9am - 5pm and 10am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are looking after someone, Surrey Adult Social Care provides information for carers that can be accessed in Surrey. They also have care and support available to help independent living including ‘meals at home’, ‘equipment to help you stay safe’ and ‘technology to help at home’.

If you think you need this care and support, they will do a needs assessment to find out what you require. Only those with eligible needs may be entitled to receive funded support from the council. To find out more, please visit social care and assessments.