What is dementia? ‘Dementia’ describes a group of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language. People may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour. These changes may have started off in a very small way, but for someone living with dementia they will have become severe enough to affect daily life. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by disease or a number of strokes. Each person’s experience of dementia is different, and will be determined by which parts of the brain have been damaged by the disease causing the dementia.

The Living Project’ at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board works to try and ensure their clients LIVE with dementia, not live with DEMENTIA. Together with the clients we set targets, and work together to see how we can make changes to improve their lives. Usually this is focussed on increasing confidence, supporting independence, reducing isolation, and improving physical & mental wellbeing.

As a project we also want to acknowledge how difficult the diagnosis of dementia is for families and carers. From personal experience we know that this can be a very difficult time. With this in mind we are able to provide tailored 1:1 support to carers, with the hope of improving their own wellbeing – which in the long run will also benefit their loved one.

Examples of what we are able to offer include:

  • 1:1 Support
  • Support to Access Community Activities.
  • Specialist Counselling
  • Virtual Reality Headsets
  • Brain Training Technology
  • Befriending

If you are living with dementia or memory loss, or caring for someone who is in the North Leeds area and feel you may need some more support please get in touch. You can call 07590 862 509 or email ruth.brooks@ljwb.co.uk in confidence and we can journey this next chapter together.