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Dementia support

We offer community-based support services for people living with dementia and their carers to improve their quality of life.

Local Age UKs may charge for some of their services and activities. Get in touch with your local Age UK for further information.

What one-to-one support is available?

Age UK can arrange visits to your home to help you to maintain your social contacts and pursue your hobbies and interests. In some areas, trained befrienders can provide regular friendly companionship for people with dementia.

Find out more about our befriending services

What group support is available?

Local Age UKs offer a range of groups, classes and events for people living with dementia.

Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Age UK runs Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) sessions for people living with memory loss or mild to moderate dementia. Group members take part in meaningful and stimulating activities, proven to help maintain memory and mental functioning. The groups provide a fun, supportive environment where people can build new friendships.

Find out more about MCST

Day centres

We offer specialised day break services at our day centres for people living with dementia, which also give carers an opportunity for respite. Our staff are trained to make sure anyone who joins is as safe and comfortable as possible and take into account individual needs and interests.

Activities at our dementia day centres are designed to be stimulating for the brain in a relaxed environment, and there's usually an option to arrange transport to and from the venue.

Dementia-friendly classes and events

Some of our classes are specifically for people with dementia to help to improve their mood and memory, such as:

  • Singing for the brain
  • Dance for dementia
  • Art for dementia
  • Seated exercise
  • Memory cafes
  • Trips and outings

Most of the other activities and classes run by local Age UKs are suitable for people with dementia, but if you're unsure it’s best to speak to the class organiser before attending.

See what sort of dementia support your local Age UK runs


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What support is available for carers and loved ones?

Our dementia advisors can support friends and family of those with dementia with information and advice about navigating local services and applying for benefits. 

Call our advice line or speak to your local Age UK to organise an appointment.

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We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 120 local Age UKs.

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Last updated: Apr 08 2024

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