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Hertfordshire County Council

Information for carers and professionals working with people with learning disabilities and dementia

We have some helpful resources you can use whether you're a carer needing advice or you're a professional working with someone with learning disabilities and dementia. 

Even though more people over 65 have dementia, it's not an older persons disease – young people can get it too. It's also not just about losing your memory. Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways. As dementia comes in so many forms and is usually difficult to diagnose, we have some useful resources you can use.

 

 

Advice for carers

 

Information for professionals

 

Misunderstandings about dementia

The following are all false:

  • It's usually inherited
  • It's a normal part of aging
  • There's nothing I can do
  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia are the same thing
  • People with dementia are unpredictable and prone to violent outbursts
  • People with dementia are oblivious to their symptoms
  • Depression causes Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dietary supplements protect the brain