Alzheimer's, dementia and carer's helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice about Alzheimer’s, dementia and caring for people with the diseases.

NHS Choices

Alzheimer’s Disease

About dementia

Comprehensive information from NHS Choices with links to external sites.

Alzheimer's Society

alzheimers.org.uk

Helpline: 0300 222 11 22Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm

Rarer types of dementia

Younger people with dementia

The Alzheimer's Society is Britain's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. Our local services include day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring. From Alzheimer's Café's and innovative 'Singing for the Brain' sessions to memory-book projects and group outings, our services provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact.

Dementia Friends

dementiafriends.org.uk

People with dementia don’t just lose their memories; they can also lose their friends. This is because people with dementia can start to behave differently. And sometimes those friends might not understand or know how to react. However, it is possible to live well with dementia, especially with the support of friends. No matter how big, or how small, every action counts. That’s because people with dementia need friends more than ever. That’s why we’re creating one million Dementia Friends, who will help people with dementia to live well for longer. Anybody can become a friend. It’s as simple as just understanding a bit more about dementia. We will give you helpful tips and small ideas to help you support the people you know with dementia and their carers.

Alzheimer Scotland

Helpline: 0808 808 3000 Freephone, 24 hours

alzscot.org

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland's leading dementia charity, providing information, services and practical support for people with dementia and their carers.

Alzheimer's Research UK

Telephone: 0300 111 5555

alzheimersresearchuk.org

Funds world-class research to find ways to cure, prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as providing free information on dementia and the treatments available.

Dementia UK

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: 0800 888 6678

dementiauk.org

We provide mental health nurses specialising in dementia care, Admiral Nurses are a lifeline to thousands of people in this country. They provide psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings, practical advice and information on dementia, its impact and how to cope. They can also provide referrals to other appropriate services and liaison with other professionals to provide holistic support when it's most needed.

Rare Dementia Support

raredementiasupport.org

Contact Rare Dementia Support

Rare Dementia Support runs specialist support services for individuals living with, or affected by, one of five rare dementia diagnoses: frontotemporal dementia (FTD), posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), primary progressive aphasia (PPA), familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) & familial frontotemporal dementia (fFTD). We provide regular support group meetings, newsletters, telephone contact networks, websites and access to information and advice for people affected by these five rare dementia conditions. Our vision is for all individuals with or at risk of one of these rarer forms of dementia to have access to specialist information, support and contact with others affected by similar conditions.

At Dementia

Tel: 0115 74 84220

atdementia.org.uk

We are a charity that works to promote high quality care and services for people with dementia through consultancy, project work, education and information and advice on assistive technologies. there are many new technologies which have the potential to enhance the independence of people with dementia and the control they have over their lives. These devices may also help to support carers and reduce the costs associated with hospital and residential/nursing home care.

Carers

Carers UK Helpline: 0808 808 7777

carersuk.org

Carers UK provides information and advice to people who provide unpaid support to their relatives, partners or friends who are chronically ill, disabled or frail.

Carers Direct

Helpline: 0300 123 1053

nhs.uk/carersdirect

youngcarers.net

Part of the NHS Choices website. It provides a gateway to comprehensive sources of information for carers. The site has been developed in conjunction with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Carers UK, Crossroads, and Young Carers Net. It contains information about benefits, links to national and local support organisations, and a directory of services. (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) (11am to 4pm at weekends) You can ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages.

Gov UK – Caring for someone

gov.uk/search?q=carers

Gives details of services and benefits for UK carers.