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Keep the essence of you, after a dementia diagnosis The Essence Service is the first port of call for people in Sunderland who have recently been diagnosed with dementia, and those who care for them.

What is the Essence Service?

Age UK Sunderland is working in partnership with Sunderland Carers' Centre, The Alzheimer's Society and many other partners across the city of Sunderland, to provide this free service, which is making a difference to over 1,000 people across the city. 

The service offers a wide range of practical support by giving information in areas around health, wellbeing and legal issues while ensuring people are aware of how to access services that are of benefit to them.

People with an early dementia diagnosis also receive emotional and peer support to help understand and deal with their dementia diagnosis in a positive way.

Evidence suggests that keeping active and stimulated when a person has an early diagnosis of dementia is essential as it slows down its progression and maintains wellbeing. With this in mind, the Essence Service offers a variety of activities from its Doxford Park centre and in the wider community. Activities can include coffee mornings, reminiscence sessions, seated exercise, iPad workshops, arts and crafts and much more.

The service also recognises the vital role of carers and the impact caring for someone with dementia can have, and is dedicated to providing a listening ear to carers as well as practical support and signposting.

The Essence building has recently received a gold award by an international centre of excellence for its dementia-friendly design, and every attention to detail has been made to ensure that those who receive support feel as comfortable as they can be.  

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The Essence Service
Sir Thomas Allen Centre
Mill Hill Road
Doxford Park

Phone: 0191 522 1310


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